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Date:1/16/2014

sociality. Her work epitomizes the creativity and insight that can generate important syntheses of contemporary research and set research agendas for the future. At the same time her writing is marked by a clarity and liveliness that makes path-breaking science accessible to the public. Together with a prize of $10,000, this award recognizes authors whose reviews have synthesized extensive and difficult material, rendering a significant service to science and influencing the course of scientific thought. The award is supported by Annual Reviews in honor of J. Murray Luck.

Deborah Jin, a physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, professor adjunct in the department of physics at the University of Colorado, and a fellow of the JILA, is the recipient of the Comstock Prize in Physics. Jin is being honored for landmark experiments that demonstrated quantum degeneracy and the formation of a molecular Bose-Einstein condensate in fermionic atomic gases cooled to less than 100 billionths of a degree above zero using magnetic traps and lasers. The Comstock Prize of $20,000 is awarded for a recent innovative discovery or investigation in electricity, magnetism, or radiant energy.

Robert Kirshner, Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University, is the recipient of the James Craig Watson Medal. Kirshner is being honored for his contribution to our understanding of both supernovae and the structure and evolution of the universe. His work with students using supernova light curves as calibrated standard candles has provided evidence for an accelerating expansion of the universe. The dark energy inferred from this result is one of the deepest mysteries of modern science. The Watson medal is presented to honor contributions to astronomy and includes an award of $25,000, plus $25,000 to support the recipient's research.

James C. Liao, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor of Chemical Engineering and chair of the chemical an
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