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JILA Physicist is Finalist for Service to America Medal

Konrad Lehnert, a physicist at JILA, is a finalist for the 2007 Service to America medals, presented annually by the non-profit, non-partisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence in the federal civil service. JILA is a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Lehnert is among five finalists in the Call to Service category, which recognizes professional achievements that "reflect the important contributions that a new generation brings to public service." Lehnert, who is just 36, has conducted groundbreaking research to use quantum mechanics to improve measurement science. Read about one of his research projects at "New JILA Apparatus Measures Fast Nanoscale Motions."

Medal recipients, selected in a thorough vetting process that includes interviews of the finalists, will be announced next month and honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Three other NIST physicists have previously won medals in the Service to America program, which began in 2002. Read more at

Released August 30, 2007, Updated January 25, 2023