Obama plugs math, science education; honors achievement in science, technology, innovation



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Bruce Alberts, from the University of California, San Francisco walks back to his seat after being awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


President Barack Obama awards the National Medal of Science to Robert Axelrod, from the University of Michigan, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


May Berenbaum, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reacts after President Barack Obama presented her the National Medal of Science during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


President Barack Obama awards the National Medal of Science to Alexandre J. Chorin, University of California, Berkeley, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


Alexandre J. Chorin, of the University of California, Berkeley shakes hands with President Barack Obama after receiving the National Medal of Science during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Edith M. Flanigen, of UOP, LLC., a Honeywell Company, shakes hands with President Barack Obama after being awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


President Barack Obama holds up a compact flash memory card as an example of technology innovations during his remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, before awarding the National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask questions."

"When that spirit, that sense of possibility, is truly unleashed, then you get the remarkable men and women that you see here today," Obama said at a White House ceremony recognizing the newest recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

The recipients include researchers working on everything from DNA replication to personalized medicine.

Another honoree invented the tiny data storage device known as a thumb drive.

Obama used the event to plug math and science education, particularly for minority students. He announced that groups that have been trying to further his goal of getting 100,000 more math, science, engineering and technology teachers in schools are putting an additional $28 million toward the effort.

"We have to remind ourselves constantly that so much of what has set us apart economically, culturally, is our commitment to science," Obama said. "We have to continue to broaden opportunities for young scientists, especially girls and minority students, to enter into the field and we have to remind them of how exciting it is to be able to shape the world, unlock its secrets, make new stuff."

Recipients of National Medal of Science:

—Bruce Alberts, University of California, San Francisco, for experimental innovation in the field of DNA replication.

—Robert Axelrod, University of Michigan, for interdisciplinary work on the evolution of cooperation, complexity theory and international security.

—May Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for pioneering studies on chemical coevolution and the genetic basis of insect-plant interactions.

—David Blackwell, University of California, Berkeley, for contributions to probability theory, mathematical statistics, information theory, mathematical logic. Awarded posthumously.

—Alexandre J. Chorin, University of California, Berkeley, for developing revolutionary methods for realistic fluid-flow simulation.

—Thomas Kailath, Stanford University, for contributions to the fields of information and system science.

—Judith P. Klinman, University of California, Berkeley, for discoveries of fundamental chemical and physical principles underlying enzyme catalysis.

—Jerrold Meinwald, Cornell University, for applying chemical principles and techniques to studies of plant and insect defense and communication.

—Burton Richter, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University, for contributions to the development of electron accelerators.

—Sean C. Solomon, Columbia University, for creating approaches to understanding the internal structure and evolution of the Earth, the Moon and other terrestrial planets.

Recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation:

—Charles W. Bachman, for fundamental inventions in database management, transaction processing and software engineering.

—Edith M. Flanigen, UOP, LLC., for innovations in the field of silicate chemistry.

—Eli Harari, SanDisk Corp., for inventing flash storage technology.

—Thomas J. Fogarty, Fogarty Institute for Innovation, for innovations in minimally invasive medical devices.

—Arthur Levinson, Calico Life Sciences, LLC, for pioneering contributions to the fields of biotechnology and personalized medicine.

—Cherry A. Murray, Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, for contributions to the advancement of telecommunications devices.

—Mary Shaw, Carnegie Mellon University, for pioneering leadership in the development of innovative curricula in computer science.

—Douglas Lowy and John Schiller, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, for work that led to the generation of vaccines that specifically target HPV and related cancers.


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