Mildred Dresselhaus, who served as the Director of the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2000 to 2001, has "won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States. … The awards will be presented at the White House on 24 November."

President Obama has announced a new class of recipients of the National Medal of Science. The new awardees will receive their medals at a White House ceremony later this year. Included in the recipients is Burton Richter, who served as SLAC Director from 1984 to 1999. He is the 1976 Nobel Prize co-winner in Physics for the discovery of the J/psi particle that helped to verify the existence of the charmed quark.

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