UM professor gets White House science medal
Ann Arbor — A University of Michigan political science and public policy professor is receiving the nation’s highest honor for achievement in science and technology from the White House.
Robert Axelrod is scheduled to receive the National Medal of Science on Thursday during a ceremony in Washington. President Barack Obama selected him and nine others last month for the medal.
Axelrod wrote “The Evolution of Cooperation,” which deals with de-escalating conflict. University officials say his work draws on evolutionary biology, psychology and artificial intelligence and his interests include international security.
Axelrod also has received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and has been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.
The annually awarded medal was created in 1959 and administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation.