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US Academy honors 15 for major contributions to science

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has chosen 15 scientists to receive awards for their outstanding scientific achievements.

The awards will be presented on April 23 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., // during the Academy's 143rd annual meeting. The 2006 awards and recipients are:

The John J. Carty Award FOR The Advancement Of Science, established by the American Telephone & Telegraph Co., annually awarded for noteworthy and distinguished accomplishment in any field of science (computational science in 2006) – goes to Russel F. Doolittle, research professor, department of chemistry and biochemistry and division of biology, University of California, San Diego. Doolittle was chosen "for contributing seminal insights and methods for using computers as an aid to characterizing protein function, in comparing amino acid sequences, and for phylogenetic reconstructions." The award carries a medal and a prize of $ 25,000.

Gibbs Brothers Medal, awarded every three years for outstanding contribution to naval architecture and marine engineering, goes to Donald Liu, retired executive vice president and CTO, American Bureau of Shipping, Houston. Liu was chosen "for first introducing finite element techniques into ship design and being the driving force behind the revolution in basing classification society rules on scientific principles." The award carries a medal and prize of $20,000.

NAS Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War, carrying $ 20,000, awarded every three years, for basic research in any field of cognitive or behavioral science that uses rigorous formal and empirical methods to promote understanding of the risk of nuclear war – goes to Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University, New York City. Jervis was chosen "for showing, scientifically and in policy terms, how cognitive psychology, politically contextualized, can illuminate strategies f
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