President Barack Obama received the six U.S. recipients of the 2012 Kavli Prizes in the Oval Office on March 28 to recognize and honor their landmark contributions to astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. Several are members of NAS, NAE, or IOM, elected to membership for outstanding contributions to their fields.
President Obama greeted Cornelia Isabella Bargmann (NAS member; Rockefeller University), Michael E. Brown (California Institute of Technology), Mildred S. Dresselhaus (NAS/NAE member; Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Ann M. Graybiel (NAS/IOM member; Massachusetts Institute of Technology), David C. Jewitt (NAS member; University of California, Los Angeles), and Jane X. Luu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). They were also joined by the president's science and technology adviser, John P. Holdren, who is a member of both NAS and NAE. 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.