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Press Release 10-212
President Names Nation's Top Early Career Scientists and Engineers

President Obama announces PECASE awardees, 19 of whom were nominated by the NSF

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Photo of Auburn University's Virginia Davis, one of 19 NSF-nominated PECASE winners for 2009.

Virginia A. Davis, associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University in Alabama is one of 85 recipients of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. She received hers for innovative research to advance the understanding of the interrelationships among nanomaterial dispersion microstructure, processing, and properties for macroscale materials; and for outreach activities involving K-12 students and students from underrepresented groups.

Credit: Virginia A. Davis, Department of Chemical Engineering, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University


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Photo of Ohio State University's Steven Lower, one of the 2009 PECASE awardees.

Steven K. Lower, associate professor in the School of Earth Sciences and the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University, has received the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Lower is working to understand the physical forces that enable bacteria to stick to surfaces. His research could one day lead to new methods for environmental clean-ups and new medical implants that resist bacterial infection. He is among 85 young scientists, 19 of whom were nominated by the National Science Foundation, to win the PECASE award this year.

Credit: Photo by Jo McCulty, courtesy of Ohio State University.


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Photo of Louisiana State University's Jayne Garno, one of the 2009 PECASE awardees.

Jayne Garno, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, received a 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for her outstanding contributions to the development of new approaches for the measurement and imaging of magnetic nanoparticles with scanning probe microscopy and her exemplary efforts to enhance undergraduate research and increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in science, particularly African Americans. She is one of 85 awardees and among the 19 nominated by the National Science Foundation.

Credit: Louisiana State University


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Photo of University of Michigan's Shelie Miller, one of the 2009 PECASE awardees.

Shelie A. Miller, currently at the University of Michigan. She has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her work to create a framework for a predictive and dynamic Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool, for example for biofuels; and for creating a public educational video regarding socio-economic and environmental aspects of bioenergy development. When she was nominated for the PECASE, she served as assistant professor in the department of environmental engineering and earth sciences at Clemson University.

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