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May 5, 2016

2016 Vannevar Bush winner champions academic inclusion

The National Science Board (NSB) initiated its Vannevar Bush Award in 1980 in memory of Vannevar Bush, who helped establish federal funding for science and engineering as a national priority and played a pivotal role in the creation of the National Science Foundation. Robert Birgeneau, the 2016 awardee, is chancellor emeritus at the University of California, Berkele, and holds the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Chair in the Departments of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering and Public Policy. NSB is recognizing Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist and leader in the academic community, for his exceptional public service and scientific leadership -- including lifelong, high caliber research committed to the public good, tireless advocacy for the nation's research universities and unrelenting efforts to advance equity and inclusion in higher education and science.

Original air date: May 4, 2016

Credit: NSF

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