2006 Service to America Medal Finalists

2011 Finalists—Science and Environment Medal

This award will recognize a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to science and environment (including biomedicine, economics, energy, information technology, meteorology, resource conservation and space). This medal is accompanied by a $3,000 award.

Fenella France

Position: Preservation Scientist, Preservation Research and Testing Division

Agency: Library of Congress

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Developed innovative imaging techniques to unearth new historical information from some of the nation's most treasured documents, including the Declaration of Independence.

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William A. Gahl

Position: Director, Undiagnosed Diseases Program

Agency: National Institutes of Health

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Achievement: Brings together medical specialists to diagnose mysterious diseases for desperate and long suffering patients.

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Paul Hsieh

Position: Research Hydrologist

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey

Location: Menlo Park, California

Achievement: Provided critical scientific information to convince federal officials that the containment cap on a ruptured deepwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was working, thereby helping end the environmental disaster.

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Diane Powell and the LAUNCH Team

Position: Team lead, LAUNCH, Office of the Chief Technologist

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Created a unique government and private-sector partnership to identify, support and help take to market innovative technologies that offer solutions to global sustainability problems.

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The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals are presented annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence in our federal civil service.

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