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Oct 18, 2010 11:53 AM by Associated Press

Colorado researcher wins national science medal

A researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder will be honored by the White House.

Warren Washington, a senior scientist at NCAR, is one of 10 researchers chosen to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation. It will be presented later this year.

Washington is a climate researcher who pioneered the use of computer models to predict changes in the atmosphere. He has served as a science adviser to former presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The award was created by a 1959 law to recognize contributions to science and engineering.

It is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the president.

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