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USF’s Sanberg named to National Medal of Technology & Innovation committee

January 28, 2013
Senior VP Paul Sanberg appointed to three-year term

By Judy Lowry
USF Research News

TAMPA, Fla. – Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., has been appointed by the U.S. acting secretary of commerce Rebecca M. Blank to the nomination evaluation committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Sanberg is senior vice president for research and innovation at the University of South Florida, and founder and president of the National Academy of Inventors.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the highest honor awarded by the United States for technological achievement and is presented annually by the president. In describing the 2012 medal recipients, President Obama said: “They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this Nation great—and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment.”

The medal’s small independent evaluation committee, comprised of experts in science, technology, business and patent law, reviews nominations and recommends candidates to the secretary of commerce, who in turn makes recommendations to the president.

Sanberg is also Distinguished University Professor, and executive director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair at USF. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has authored approximately 600 scientific publications, and is an inventor on 100 health-related U.S. and foreign patents. In addition to academics, Sanberg has significant biotech and pharmaceutical industry experience.

Judy Lowry can be reached at jhlowry@usf.edu.

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