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  • In Honor of Sandra Faber

    by Representative Sam Farr

    Posted on 2013-01-22

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    FARR of california in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Sandra Faber, a University of California, Santa Cruz Professor, who has been selected by the White House to receive the National Medal of Science for her inspiring contributions to the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. Sandra is not only an exceptional and passionate educator; she is an innovative and dedicated scientist.



    Sandra is an observational astronomer who specializes in research on cosmology and galaxy formation. She has co-authored nearly 250 scientific papers, which have been cited over 37,000 times. Sandra is currently leading the CANDELS project, the largest project in the history of the Hubble Space Telescope. Her team is making revolutionary discoveries on cosmic evolution and is working to give scientists a view of galaxy formation nearly back to the Big Bang.

    A member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, Sandra has received many additional awards and honors for her scientific achievements. In 2009, she received the Franklin Institute's Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. In the past year, she was recognized with two lifetime achievement awards, the Bruce Medal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the Russell Prize of the American Astronomical Society.

    Sandra is thrilled to be one of 12 recipients of the National Medal of Science and wants to express her gratitude to the University of Santa Cruz and University of California Observatories. She recognizes that without the collaboration of her fellow scientists and the world class equipment provided by these institutions, her amazing contributions would not have been possible.

    Mr. Speaker, it is my honor to rise today to honor Sandra Faber for her outstanding commitment and dedication to higher education and the scientific community.

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