Obama to honor four Bay Area locals

Four Bay Area science and math educators will be honored tomorrow by President Barack Obama at the White House.

Castro Valley Unified School District elementary school science teacher Charles Sagory Reynes, 48, is among 87 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Kennedy J. Reed, Stanford University Chemistry Professor Richard N. Zare, and San Francisco State University Biology Professor Frank T. Bayliss Jr. are among 22 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

“The teachers and mentors from across the country who will be recognized at the White House for excellence in mathematics and science teaching are helping reach the President’s goal of moving American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade,” White House spokesman Adam Abrams said.

These awards, announced last July, are being presented tomorrow as President Obama holds his second “Educate to Innovate” event, at which he’ll also announce new partnerships with companies, foundations, nonprofits and educational organizations and institutions to help reach the Administration’s math and science education goals.

Lots more on the Bay Area honorees, after the jump…
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Travis AFB and Livermore lab on funding list

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, a member and subcommittee chairwoman on the House Armed Services Committee, announced today that projects at Travis Air Force Base and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are among the projects designated for funding in the National Defense Authorization Act.

The committee passed the act today. The full House will debate the bill later this and it must survive a merge with a version of the legislation in the U.S. Senate but projects that make it this far in the vetting process have a high likelihood of receiving the funds.

According to Tauscher’s office, H.R. 2647 “authorizes $550.4 billion in budget authority for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy along with $130 billion to support overseas operations during fiscal year 2010.”

Here is Tauscher’s list:

Taxiway Mike Bypass Road. Travis Air Force Base ($5.8 million). This project will create a two-lane bypass road round Taxiway Mike that would alleviate numerous safety and security concerns.

ACES 5 Ejection Seat ($7 million). This project will complete the qualification testing necessary to provide the Air Force the ACES 5 ejection seat, which is the modular and improved version of the ACES ejection seat which is the common seat currently found on almost every Air Force combat aircraft.

Advanced Performance for Military Helicopters ($1.9 million). This project will apply laser peening technology – developed by Curtiss Wright Metal Improvement Company of Livermore, Calif. – directly to the gearing of high performance rotorcraft to increase fatigue strength, thus enabling improved horsepower operation with existing transmission, enhancing mission capabilities and reducing operational cost.  Laser peening of transmission gears is expected to have applicability across the Army’s inventory of helicopters.

National Ignition Campaign ($22 million). This project will support the national effort, led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, involving multiple Department of Energy laboratories, universities, and private industry to achieve fusion ignition for the first time in world history.  The Ignition Campaign is a critical element of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s stockpile stewardship program to support the U.S. nuclear test moratorium while maintaining confidence in the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

Counter-proliferation Analysis and Planing System (CAPS) for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ($20.1 million). This project will continue providing subject matter expertise for the Counter-proliferation Analysis and Planning System, which supports military planners and intelligence analysts in identifying facilities and buildings that are the critical nodes in the manufacturing process of Weapons of Mass Destruction. The program also performs analyses of the consequences of interdiction.

Improved Performance of ODS Ferritic Steels ($2 million). This project will demonstrate the benefits of laser peening in the prevention of stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement in new oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels being developed for military and nuclear applications, to include the nuclear fusion-fission chamber of the Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy (LIFE) Engine.

A detailed summary of H.R. 2647 as reported by the House Armed Services Committee is available at http://armedservices.house.gov/.