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Beauty and the (White House science) Geek

By Ed O'Keefe

White House Science Adviser John Holdren and activist Bianca Jagger (AP and Getty)

Eye Opener

Who says you can't get no satisfaction in Washington?

Former model and current global activist Bianca Jagger -- the first ex-wife of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger -- will help honor White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John P. Holdren on Wednesday evening in Washington.

Holdren is this year's recipient of the Hans A. Bethe Award, a prestigious science award presented by the Federation of American Scientists. The group is rewarding Holdren "for his enduring work on complex global issues that hinge on science and technology, such as the causes of climate change, analysis of energy technologies and policies, and ways to reduce the dangers from nuclear weapons," it said.

The prize is named for the Nobel Prize-winning nuclear physicist who helped develop the atomic and hydrogen bombs and later became a major proponent of non-proliferation. FAS was established by scientists like Bethe who worked on the Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bombs.

Since her days with Mick and her patronage of Studio 54, Jagger has spent her time as a globe-trotting advocate for human rights, social justice and environmental protection. She'll fit right in tonight with a roomful of scientists, right?

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 6, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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I have posted this already here before You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price by calling 877-882-4740 or check If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and believe me you are not going to loose anything!

Posted by: rebecatoby05 | October 6, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

You guys couldn't find a better picture of Ms. Jagger, 'cause it doesn't go with the headline.

Posted by: nadie1 | October 6, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Terrible pic of Bianca. I hope. She looks like she's trying out for Maleficent.

Posted by: dmm1 | October 6, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Bianca's picture was from the African Veterinary Dental Association Awards in Nairobi last month.

Posted by: professor70 | October 7, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

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