Fellows win National Medals in Science and Technology/Innovation

science medal winners

Two more Woodrow Wilson Fellows join the ranks of the nation’s top scientists and innovators. In a ceremony at the White House on November 20, President Obama presented Robert Axelrod WF ’64, Mary Shaw WF ’65, and 17 other scientists with the prestigious award.

Dr. Axelrod is a political scientist at the University of Michigan and was presented with the National Medal of Science for his interdisciplinary work on the evolution of cooperation, complexity theory and international security.

Dr. Shaw, a software engineer and professor at Carnegie Mellon University, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for pioneering leadership in the development of innovative curricula in computer science.

President Obama said the 19 honorees embodied the spirit of the nation: “When that spirit, that sense of possibility, is truly unleashed, then you get the remarkable men and women that you see here today.” The medals are the United States’ highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology.

Drs. Axelrod and Shaw join 26 other Fellows who have received presidential and national medals in recognition of their lifetimes of achievement.


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