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M. Frederick Hawthorne of the University of Missouri whose work has featured in past issue of The Alchemist has been named by President Barack Obama as the latest recipient of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed on scientists by the USA. Hawthorne's pioneering work on boron and cage compounds of the element for experimental treatments in cancer, arthritis and other diseases has earned him great respect over the years. Hawthorne will receive his award, along with 21 other recipients, at a White House ceremony in early 2013.