Neil Gehrels of NASA Goddard Spce Flight Center, a longtime participant in SPIE astronomy conferences, and Ali Javey of Univ. California, Berkeley, an SPIE author and program committee member, have been honored by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.
Dr. Gehrels has been awarded the Henry Draper Medal, for his pioneering contributions to gamma ray astronomy. Gehrels is chief of the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory at NASA Goddard, and has published more than three dozen papers with SPIE and served as program committee member in conferences on Space Telescopes and Instrumentation: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray and related topics. Read more at http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2009/gehrels_draper.html.
Dr. Javey received the 2009 NAS Award for Initiatives in Research, established by AT&T Bell Laboratories in honor of William O. Baker and supported by Lucent Technologies. The award recognizes Javey's seminal advances in carbon nanoelectronics, utilizing and synthesizing concepts from chemistry, physics, and engineering. He serves on the conference program committee for Carbon Nanotubes, Graphene, and Associated Devices at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2009. Read more at http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AWARDS_initiatives.