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NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing, an annual award of $ 10,000 for excellence in scientific reviewing within the past 10 years (environmental science in 2006) – goes to Peter Vitousek, department of biological sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. Vitousek was chosen "for his scholarly and inspirational book and reviews on nitrogen cycling and its role in the evolving patterns of ecosystem productivity and diversity."

Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal, a medal and prize of $20,000 awarded every three years for excellence in published research on marine or freshwater algae – goes to Sabeena Merchant, professor of biochemistry, department of chemistry and biochemistry and Molecular Biology Institute, University of California, Los Angeles. Merchant was chosen "for her pioneering discoveries in the assembly of metalloenzymes and the regulated biogenesis of major complexes of the photosynthetic apparatus in green algae."

J. Lawrence Smith Medal, a medal and prize of $25,000 awarded every three years for recent original and meritorious investigations of meteoric bodies – goes to Klaus Keil, interim dean, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu. Keil was chosen "for his pioneering quantitative studies of minerals in meteorites and important contributions to understanding the nature, origin, and evolution of their parent bodies."

Mary Clark Thompson Medal, a medal and prize of $15,000 awarded every three years to recognize important services to geology and paleontology – goes to STEVEN M. STANLEY, research professor, department of geology and geophysics, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu. Stanley was chosen "for research and leadership in bivalve functional morphology and the macroevolution of disparate animals, including hominids, in the context of Earth's physical and chemical history."

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