Obama recognizes top early-career scientists

President Barack Obama today awarded 102 federal researchers with the highest honor scientists or engineers early in their career can earn from the U.S. government.

The researchers received the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and will officially accept their awards at a ceremony in Washington early 2014.

The recipients are either employed or funded by the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Interior, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the intelligence community.

“The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead,” Obama said in a statement. “We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America’s global leadership for many years to come.”


The PECASE awards highlight early-stage researchers who demonstrate extraordinary potential for leadership and commitment to community service. Agency heads gather annually to make these nominations.

“These early-career scientists and engineers represent some of the best and brightest talent in our agency and our university partners,” NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan wrote in a blog post on the NASA site. “We are delighted to see them win this prestigious award. Their contributions, ranging from micro-gravity and space radiation effects, x-ray spectrometry, advanced composites, remote sensing, and climate research, will benefit our nation and advance the scientific frontiers.”

Click this link to see the full list of recipients of the 2013 PECASE awards.

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