Two UCSD scientists to be honored by Obama with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
Barack Obama has named 102 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on emerging science and engineering professionals. The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, D.C., ceremony in the coming year.
Two scientists affiliated with UC San Diego are included on that list: Dr. Quyen Nguyen from the Department of Health and Human Services and Dr. Brian Head from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead,” President Obama said. “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 National Science and Technology Council was commissioned by Bill Clinton in 1996 to create an award program that would honor and support the extraordinary achievements of the finest scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the 21st century. The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.
The Presidential Early Career Awards embody the high priority the Obama Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the Nation’s goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy.
The recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Intelligence Community, which join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions.
To be eligible for a Presidential Award, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident. After receiving recommendations from participating federal agencies, the White House will confer the awards each year. Each Presidential Award will be of five years duration. Selection criteria and processes are dependent upon the agency.
- Galaxy Garden: Science artist says it’s time to plant new thoughts about the universe
- Mental health group honors Van Gorder
- UCSD team identified 'over-triage' as area for health care cost savings potential
- Author celebrates recovery with bike ride from La Jolla to Encinitas
- Scripps glaciologist wins Muse Prize
Short URL: http://www.lajollalight.com/?p=119509