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Academy honors 13 for major contributions to science
Date:1/22/2008

WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will honor 13 individuals with awards recognizing extraordinary scientific achievements in the areas of biology, chemistry, solar physics, ecology, mathematics, oceanography, paleontology, social sciences, and psychology.

The awards and recipients for 2008 are:

ARCTOWSKI MEDAL a medal and a prize of $20,000 as well as a gift of $60,000 to an institution of the recipient's choosing, awarded every three years to honor outstanding contributions to the study of solar physics and solar-terrestrial relationships goes to LEONARD F. BURLAGA, astrophysicist, Geospace Physics Laboratory, Heliophysics Science Division, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., "for pioneering studies of the magnetized solar wind plasma from 0.3 to 102 AU, including the recent crossings of the Voyagers of the heliospheric termination shock and their entry in the heliosheath." The medal was established by the bequest of Jane Arctowska and has been awarded since 1969.

JOHN J. CARTY AWARD FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE a medal and a prize of $25,000 awarded annually for noteworthy and distinguished accomplishment in any field of science (ecology in 2008) goes to THOMAS EISNER, J.G. Schurman Professor of Chemical Ecology, department of neurobiology and behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., "for pathbreaking studies of the myriad ways that organisms utilize chemistry to mediate ecological interactions and providing a foundation for the field of chemical ecology." The award was established by the American Telephone & Telegraph Co. in honor of John J. Carty and has been awarded since 1932.

ARTHUR L. DAY PRIZE AND LECTURESHIP a prize of $20,000 awarded every three years to recognize an individual making lasting contributions to the study of the physics of the Earth goes to STANLEY R. HART, senior scientist emeritus, department of marine geology and geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic
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