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Press Release 09-193

President Obama Presents 2008 National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation

President and First Lady also hosted Astronomy Night for students

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Photo of President Obama, 2008 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology awardees.

President Barack Obama pictured with the 2008 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation awardees. They received their medals at a White House Ceremony on October 6, 2009.

Credit: Sandy Schaeffer, NSF


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Photo of President Obama viewing Double-Double in Lyra with young stargazers.

President Obama views Double-Double in Lyra with young stargazers Lucas Bolyard and Caroline Moore at White House Astronomy Night, October 6, 2009.

Credit: White House


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NSF Director Arden Bement and Acting Deputy Director Cora Marrett with the 2008 Science medalists.

NSF Director Arden L. Bement, Jr., and Acting Depurty Director Cora B. Marrett bookend the 2008 National Medal of Science recipients at a black-tie awards ceremony, the evening prior to the official award presentation by the President. Annually given and managed by the NSF for the White House, this award celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

Credit: Sandy Schaeffer, NSF


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Photo of Berni Adler receiving the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.

Berni Adler received the National Medal of Science on Oct. 7, 2009, from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony.

Credit: Ryan K Morris/National Science & Technology Medals Foundation


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Photo of Francis Collins receiving the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.

Francis Collins received the National Medal of Science on Oct. 7, 2009, from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony.

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Photo of Joanna Fowler receiving the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.

Joanna Fowler received the National Medal of Science on Oct. 7, 2009, from President Barack Obama at the White House.

Credit: Ryan K Morris/National Science & Technology Medals Foundation


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Photo of Elaine Fuchs receiving the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.

Elaine Fuchs received the National Medal of Science on Oct. 7, 2009, from President Barack Obama at the White House.

Credit: Ryan K Morris/National Science & Technology Medals Foundation


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Photo of James Gunn receiving the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.

James Gunn received the National Medal of Science on Oct. 7, 2009, from President Barack Obama at the White House.

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Photo of Rudolf Kalman receiving the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.

Rudolf Kalman received the National Medal of Science on Oct. 7, 2009, from President Barack Obama at the White House.

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Photo of Michael Posner receiving the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.

Michael Posner received the National Medal of Science on Oct. 7, 2009, from President Barack Obama at the White House.

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Photo of Joanna Stubbe receiving the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.

Joanna Stubbe received the National Medal of Science on Oct. 7, 2009, from President Barack Obama at the White House.

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Photo of J. Craig Venter receiving the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.

J. Craig Venter received the National Medal of Science on Oct. 7, 2009, from President Barack Obama at the White House.

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