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Shiny Medal

Bruce Alberts, the former editor in chief of the journal Science who is now at the University of California, San Francisco, is among this year's winners of the National Medal of Science. The White House announced the winners of that prize and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation awardees Friday.

"These scholars and innovators have expanded our understanding of the world, made invaluable contributions to their fields, and helped improve countless lives," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "Our nation has been enriched by their achievements, and by all the scientists and technologists across America dedicated to discovery, inquiry, and invention."

Other winners include Judith Klinman from UC-Berkeley, Cornell University's Jerrold Meinwald, and the National Cancer Institute's Douglas Lowy and John Schiller.

The awardees are to be honored during a ceremony at the White House later this year.