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UC Berkeley, Stanford researchers receive top science and technology honors

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President Barack Obama on Thursday awarded four Bay Area researchers -- two from UC Berkeley and two from Stanford -- with the nation's top honors for science and technology.

His team developed the FinFET, a type of transistor used in modern computer processors.

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Nine researchers were awarded the National Medal of Science, including:

Paul Alivisatos, a UC Berkeley chemist and past director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who is known for his research on the production of nanocrystals and their use in solar energy applications.

Stanley Falkow, a Stanford microbiologist who conducted pioneering research on the role of microbes in the spread of antibiotic resistance and disease.

He announced a new advisory board to solicit suggestions from youngsters on how the government can support budding scientists and innovators.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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