Two Connecticut innovators will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation awarded by the White House.
Dr. Cato T. Laurencin is a professor at the University of Connecticut whose research involves tissue engineering, biomaterials science, nanotechnology, stem cell science, and a field he terms “regenerative engineering.”
Dr. Laurencin is also Chief Executive Officer at the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS), Founding Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering, and the Founding Director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences at UConn Health.
The other Connecticut innovator, Dr. Jonathan Rothberg, PhD, is a professor (adjunct) at the Yale School of Medicine and Chief Strategy Officer at 4catalyzer Corporation. He is known for inventing high-speed, “Next-Gen” DNA sequencing.
Dr. Rothberg founded 454 Life Sciences, which brought to market a new method for sequencing individual human genomes, addition to founding several other healthcare and biopharmaceutical companies.
ADVANCEMENTS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation and the National Medal of Science recognize the Nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology.
In a press release from the White House, President Obama was quoted as saying, “Science and technology are fundamental to solving some of our Nation’s biggest challenges. The knowledge produced by these Americans today will carry our country’s legacy of innovation forward and continue to help countless others around the world. Their work is a testament to American ingenuity.”
TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980 and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce. A distinguished independent committee representing the private and public sectors submits recommendations to the President.
- Joseph DeSimone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Carbon3D, CA
- Robert Fischell, University of Maryland at College Park, MD
- Arthur Gossard, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
- Nancy Ho, Green Tech America, Inc. and Purdue University, IN
- Chenming Hu, University of California, Berkeley, CA
- Mark Humayun, University of Southern California, CA
- Cato T. Laurencin, University of Connecticut, CT
- Jonathan Rothberg, 4catalyzer Corporation and Yale School of Medicine, CT
NATIONAL MEDAL OF SCIENCE
The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959. It is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. The Medal, which is awarded annually, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The President receives nominations from a committee of Presidential appointees based on their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, and the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.
- Armand Paul Alivisatos, University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, CA
- Michael Artin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
- Albert Bandura, Stanford University, CA
- Stanley Falkow, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
- Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY
- Rakesh K. Jain, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, MA
- Mary-Claire King, University of Washington, WA
- Simon Levin, Princeton University, NJ
- Geraldine Richmond, University of Oregon, OR