Media Advisory: Live Satellite Feed, Webcast Available of President Obama Presenting UB Professor with National Medal

Release Date: October 6, 2009 This content is archived.


Media will be able to watch President Obama present University at Buffalo Greatbatch Professor in Power Sources Research Esther S. Takeuchi with the nation's highest honor for technological achievement at a White House ceremony beginning 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009).

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation ceremony will be sent by satellite feed live via coordinates listed below. At the ceremony, Takeuchi -- the only woman to receive the award this year -- and the other three honorees will accept their awards from the president. The ceremony will last 30-45 minutes.

For more information about Takeuchi and her award, go to

A short video interview with Takeuchi also is available at

In addition, the White House is providing a live webcast at

The coordinates for the satellite feed are: Ku-band 9 MHz Digital Galaxy 16/K17 Slot D; Uplink Freq: 14353.5 V

Downlink Freq: 12053.5 H

C-band 9 MHz Digital

Galaxy 17/C19 Slot A

Uplink Freq: 6291.5 V

Downlink Freq: 4066.5 H

Symbol Rate: 6.1113

FEC: ≤3/4

Testing for the feed will begin at 1 p.m.; and the trouble shoot number is 202-470-5151. Those with questions should contact Barbara Valentino or Paul Mannix at Evolving Communications in Washington, D.C., at (202) 333-6195, or contact Ellen Goldbaum in UB's Office of Communications at 716-645-4605.

Takeuchi, PhD, Greatbatch Professor in Power Sources Research in UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is being recognized for her work on power sources for biomedical devices, an innovation UB President John B. Simpson said has "truly meant the difference between life and death for people around the world."

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It recognizes individuals or companies for outstanding contributions to the promotion of technology for the improvement of the economic, environmental or social well-being of the United States.

Media Contact Information

Ellen Goldbaum
News Content Manager
Tel: 716-645-4605