Two UCSD scientists to be honored by Obama with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Dr. Quyen Nguyen and Dr. Brian Head (Courtesy Photos)

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.

• Dr. Quyen T. Nguyen is an assistant professor in the UCSD Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She is fellowship trained in Neurotology/Skull Base Surgery and Board Certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. She has clinical expertise in the fields of otology and neurotology / skull base surgery. She is practiced in the evaluation and medical/surgical treatment of problems related to the ear, including exostosis (“surfer’s ear”), tympanic membrane perforations, ossicular chain problems, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, single-sided deafness, Ménière’s disease, and acoustic neuromas.

Nguyen was appointed assistant professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the UCSD Department of Surgery. She has subspecialty fellowship training in Otology and Neurotology. Her clinical interests include otology and neurotology/skull base surgery. She was awarded a 5-year NIH grant to study the use of molecular fluorescence imaging to guide surgeons in tumor surgery. Using “smart” probes that can differentiate tumor from normal tissue, the goal of this grant is to develop a system that allows surgeons to see the margin between tumor and normal tissue in real time during surgery.

She received her combined M.D./Ph.D. degrees from Washington University School of Medicine. After completion of her residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, she went on to receive subspecialty training in Neurotology/Skull Base Surgery at the University of California, San Diego. Nguyen is also a diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology.

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