October 3, 2011 - Srinivasa S.R.Varadhan, a professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and member of ICERM's Board of Trustees, and Richard Tapia, a Rice University Professor, Director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education, and honoree of the biennial Blackwell-Tapia Conference (which ICERM will co-sponsor in 2012), were both named recipients of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers. They will be among the seven who will be honored at a White House ceremony later this year.