National Science Awards Ceremony
to Be Simulcast on Friday, December 1
President Clinton will award the nation's highest science and technology
honors to distinguished recipients including Penn chemist Dr. Ralph F. Hirschmann,
Rao Makineni Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry, at a ceremony at the National
Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on December 1. A live broadcast/webcast
of the ceremony can by viewed at www.researchchannel.com/onair
or on Penn Video Network's channel 25 on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Dr. Hirschmann, who will be awarded a 2000 Medal of Science, is being
honored for his work in several fields of chemistry with Merck & Co.,
Inc., which led to the development of many life-saving medicines. Dr. Hirschmann
also established a collaborative research program between Penn and industry
leading to continued discoveries of biomedical importance. For additional
information about Dr. Hirschmann, please see the front page story in the
November 21 issue of Almanac, www.upenn.edu/almanac/v47/n13/112100.html.
The National Medal of Science, established by Congress in 1959 and administered
by the National Science Foundation, honors individuals for contributions
to the present state of knowledge across a variety of science frontiers.
Including this year's recipients, the Medal of Science has been awarded
to 386 distinguished scientists and engineers. Penn's earlier recipients
include: Dr. Britton Chance (1974), Dr. Mildred Cohn (1982), Dr. Paul Gyorgy
(1975) Dr. Ruth Patrick (1996) and Dr. Robert J. Schrieffer.