Dr. Taylor Receives National Medal of Science


Date published: 10/24/23

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Emerita Shelley Taylor for receiving the National Medal of Science at the White House on October 24, 2023. Established in 1959 by the U.S. Congress, the National Medal of Science is the highest recognition the nation can bestow on scientists and engineers. Dr. Taylor is the 12th UCLA faculty member to receive the medal.

The presidential award is given to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the social and behavioral, physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences, in service to the nation. Dr. Taylor received the medal for groundbreaking research into mental health and the power of human connection. Her work showed that optimism, self-esteem, and strong relationships improved the health of people with cancer, diabetes, and other diseases, helping establish the fields of social cognition, health psychology, and social neuroscience, and increasing our nation’s well-being.

A video of the ceremony is available at https://www.c-span.org/video/?531349-1/president-biden-awards-national-medal-science-national-medal-technology-innovation

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