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Science Medal Nomination Deadline Dec. 7

Photonics.com
Dec 2007
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced it will accept nominations for the 2008 National Medal of Science until Dec. 7, 2007. Established by Congress in 1959, the award is presented annually by the president to individuals for outstanding contributions to knowledge in the biological, engineering, mathematical, physical or social and behavioral sciences. The selection is managed by the NSF. Since its establishment, the medal has been awarded to 441 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers spanned decades of research and development. It also recognizes contributions to innovation, industry or education. Eligible candidates must be living US citizens, or permanent residents who have applied for citizenship in the past 12 months. NSF said it encourages "diverse, high-quality nominations" for the 2008 medals. For eligibility and nomination details, visit: www.nsf.gov/od/nms/medal.jsp. For information on past recipients: www.nsf.gov/od/nms/recipients.cfm


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photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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