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Extraordinary UC faculty awarded National Medals at White House ceremony

UCLA Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology Shelley Taylor was honored, in part, for her “groundbreaking research into mental health and the power of human connection.”

At a White House ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 24, President Biden awarded National Medals to three UC faculty for their outstanding achievements in science and technological innovation.

UC Riverside Distinguished Professor of Physics Barry Barish and UCLA Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology Shelley Taylor were among nine awardees of the National Medal of Science, while Ashok Gadgil — a retired Berkeley Lab faculty senior scientist and distinguished professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley — was among 10 who received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

“The National Medal of Science is given for outstanding contributions to knowledge in the sciences, and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for outstanding contributions to the promotion of technology for the improvement of the economic, environmental and social well-being of the United States,” President Biden said. “With this year’s recipients, ‘outstanding’ may be an understatement. They’re extraordinary.”

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