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President Obama Meets U.S. Laureates Of 2012 Kavli Prizes

OXNARD, Calif., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Barack Obama met in the Oval Office the six U.S. recipients of the 2012 Kavli Prizes. President Obama received the laureates on March 28 to recognize and honor their landmark contributions to the three fields for which the Prizes are awarded -- astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

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Joined by the President's science and technology advisor, John P. Holdren, President Obama greeted Kavli Prize Laureates Cornelia Isabella Bargmann ( The Rockefeller University), Michael E. Brown ( California Institute of Technology), Mildred S. Dresselhaus ( Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Ann M. Graybiel ( Massachusetts Institute of Technology), David C. Jewitt ( University of California, Los Angeles), and Jane X. Luu ( Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Accompanying the laureates were Rockell N. Hankin, Vice-Chairman of The Kavli Foundation, Robert W. Conn, President of The Kavli Foundation, and Wegger Chr. Strommen, the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States.

The Kavli Prizes are a partnership between The Kavli Foundation (U.S.), the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.

"We are extremely grateful to the President for honoring the laureates with this visit, and for his continuing commitment to basic science research," said Fred Kavli, founder and chairman of The Kavli Foundation. "I believe that advancing science is the foundation for a better and healthier world. Science also deepens our knowledge about ourselves and the universe. The 2012 winners of the Kavli Prize are among the scientific leaders of an age where we are making tremendous advances and discoveries."

"American scientists, engineers, and innovators strengthen our Nation every day and in countless ways, but the all-stars honored by the Kavli Foundation deserve special praise for the scale of their advances in some of the most important and exciting research disciplines today," said Dr. Holdren, who also serves as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. "I am grateful not only for their profound accomplishments, but for the inspiration they are providing to a new generation of doers, makers, and discoverers."

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