About Obama's meeting with Nobel winners
President Obama's meeting on Tuesday afternoon with American recipients of the Nobel prizes is especially noteworthy since he's one of 11 countrymen receiving the global honor.
Obama is scheduled to meet with recipients in the Oval Office this afternoon, along with the Swedish and Norwegian ambassadors and John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Though the meeting is closed to the press, an administration source said Holdren is expected to remind Obama that at least eight of this year's Nobel winners received tens of millions of dollars in federal research and development funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Energy Department. That's an important achievement for government scientists and the broader scientific community since some of those agencies may see flat or near-flat budget increases in the coming years.
Holdren is also expected to note the historic nature of this year's recipients: Four Nobel winners are women -- the most ever -- and three of the women are Americans, including the first woman ever to win the economic sciences award.
Read the breakdown of federal funding provided to winners after the jump:
The three winners in physiology or medicine, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak, have received more than $22 million in research grants over the years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of NIH. Blackburn also received more than $2 million from NIH’s National Cancer Institute and more than $400,000 from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Greider was granted more than $7 million from the National Institute on Aging. Szostak has also earned more than $2 million from the National Science Foundation for various projects.
NIGMS also helped fund the work of the two American winners in chemistry, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz. The pair share this year's prize with Israeli Ada E. Yonath. NIGMS has granted them more than $14 million since 1971, and total NIH support for the researchers has exceeded $17 million. Steitz also earned more than $500,000 from NSF over a seven-year period. The Americans conducted much of their research Energy Department's Brookhaven National Laboratory.
This year's economic sciences winners -- Oliver Williamson and Elinor Ostrom -- have received monies from NSF. Ostrom has been granted $27.2 million over the course of her studies and Williamson has earned $235,900 for two projects.
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