Obama names Stanford physicist Benjamin Lev for honor

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September 28, 2011

President Obama on Monday named Benjamin Lev, an assistant professor in applied physics at Stanford, as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

Lev will be among the 94 researchers to be honored by Obama at an Oct. 14 ceremony at the White House. Those awarded were selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology, and their commitment to community service.

The awards are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the executive office of the president.  Sixteen federal departments and agencies join together to nominate the most promising scientists and engineers.

Lev received the National Science Foundation Career Award in 2008. The new honor follows his significant breakthroughs in physics.

 

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