President Obama has selected Fellow Judah Levine of NIST's Time and Frequency Division for a 2011 Presidential Rank Award which honors "strong leaders, professionals, and scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service."
Fellow Margaret Murnane has been awarded the prestigious RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for her pioneering work in the field of ultrafast laser and x-ray science. Murnane, who is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado, co-leads a research laboratory with her husband Henry Kapteyn at JILA. Murnane has spent more than 20 years pushing the development of lasers that can operate at the fundamental limits of speed and stability.
Associate JILA Fellow Cindy Regal has been awarded a prestigious David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Regal, who is also assistant professor of physics at the University of Colorado, will receive $875,000 over five years to support her work in experimental atomic physics. She is currently developing laser-based techniques for controlling single neutral atoms and exploring the creation of tiny quantum gases whose atoms can be individually manipulated.
Fellows Debbie Jin and Jun Ye will share a Department of Commerce Gold Medal this year for their seminal work on ultracold molecules and cold chemistry. The Gold Medal is the highest award presented by the Department of Commerce and NIST. The Gold Medal will be presented to Jin and Ye at a ceremony in December in Washington, D. C.
The U.S. Senate confirmed JILA Fellow Carl Lineberger on August 2 as a member of the National Science Board. He was nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in April. As a member of the National Science Board, Lineberger's duties will include helping to establish the policies of the National Science Foundation. The National Science Board also serves as an advisory board to the president and Congress on issues involving science and engineering.