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WASHINGTON – Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has made a gift of $1.5 million to the National Academy of Sciences to establish the Award for Scientific Discovery in honor of RCSA’s past president John P. Schaefer. In addition to RCSA, the major contributor to the award fund was the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation.
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Under the leadership of former Research Corporation President John P. Schaefer, the Foundation has played key roles in the origination of two distinct projects expected to greatly advance modern astronomy -- the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) currently operating atop Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona; and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), planned for Chile’s El Peñón peak on Cerro Pachón.
Cottrell Scholar William Dichtel, Cornell University assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology, has been designated as the 2014 National Fresenius Award recipient by the American Chemical Society.
The American Chemical Society has announced its slate of award winners for 2014. Five Cottrell Scholars will be receiving top national honors, as will several other members of the RCSA community.