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News Release 04-116

Twelve Women are Among NSF-Supported Young Scientists and Engineers to Receive Presidential Award for Early Career Achievements

Marks the first time a majority of NSF-named Presidential Early Career Awards go to women

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Arjun Heimsath, a Dartmouth University geologist

Arjun Heimsath, a Dartmouth College geologist and recipient of a 2003 PECASE honor, collects bedrock samples above the Matanuska Glacier in the Chugach Range of Alaska. Heimsath initially analyzes erosion rates and age of exposure of the samples. Then, he and his students do lab analyses on the samples to determine their intrinsic strength and states of weathering. From this, Heimsath is able to determine the mechanical and climate controls on erosion rates that occur in landscapes at higher elevations.

Credit: Dan Lawson, US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory


Cyrus Shahabi, 2003 PECASE recipient

Cyrus Shahabi, a University of Southern California 2003 PECASE recipient and computer scientist (left), instructs Ph.D. students Mehdi Sharifzadeh (center) and HyunJin Yoon (right) on how to employ “cyber gloves” to generate immersive sensor data streams from various hand movements. Sensors inside the gloves interact with software and generate data scientists are using in human factor and behavioral studies, among others. Students get hands-on experience in using sophisticated mathematics and acquiring advanced knowledge in mining multidimensional data streams.

Credit: Mohammad Kolahdouzan, University of Southern California

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