When the Depart­ment of Defense announced it would end the ban on women in combat, observers credited a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union as a factor. Among the plaintiffs was Marine Corps Reserves Capt. ZOE BEDELL ’07. ... President Barack Obama named SIDNEY DRELL ’47, a professor emeritus at Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and BARRY MAZUR *59, a mathematics professor at Harvard University, as recipients of the National Medal of Science. FRANCES ARNOLD ’79, a professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering, and biochemistry at California Institute of Tech­nology, was named a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. ... MICHAEL ARTIN ’55, a ­professor emeritus of mathematics at MIT, is one of eight winners of the 2013 Wolf Foundation Prizes, based in Israel. ... FATEMA SUMAR *06 made the Washington, D.C.-based National Journal magazine’s list of “The 35-and-Under Power Set.” Sumar is a senior staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.