Office of Science and Technology Policy

For Immediate Release 
Contact: 202/456-6108
April 11, 2000


 President Clinton today named 60 young researchers as recipients of the fourth annual Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.  The researchers will receive their awards tomorrow in a White House ceremony.

 These awards, established by President Clinton in February 1996, embody the high priority the Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers ready to contribute to all sectors of the economy.  Eight Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious young scientists and engineers who will broadly advance the science and technology that will be of the greatest benefit to fulfilling the agencies' missions.

 "We honor these outstanding young scientists and engineers for their research contributions, for their promise, and for their commitment to broader societal goals," President Clinton said.  "They will do much to shape our society and advance our national interests in the twenty-first century."

The young scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions.  The Federal agencies involved are: the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

 The recipients are:

Department of Agriculture
Dr. Ann M. Donoghue, Livestock & Poultry Sciences Institute, Beltsville, MD
Dr. Emile S. Gardiner, U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station
Dr. Smita Mohanty, SUNY at Stony Brook

Department of Commerce
Dr. Pamela M. Chu, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dr. John G. W. Kelley, NOAA/National Ocean Service
Dr. Nathan J. Mantua, University of Washington
Dr. Eric L. Shirley, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Department of Defense
Dr. Jeffrey Todd Borggaard, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Dr. Gert Cauwenberghs, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Aaron W. Harper, Texas A&M University
Dr. Daphne Koller, Stanford University
Dr. Kathryn A. Moler, Stanford University
Dr. Kimberly M. Wasserman, University of Michigan

Department of Energy
Dr. Xian Chen, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dr. Ken R. Czerwinski, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. David M. Ford, Texas A&M University
Dr. Kenneth M. Kemner, Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. John F. Mitchell, Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. Lynne E. Parker, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Gennady Shvets, Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory

Department of Veterans' Affairs
Dr. Mary C. Nakamura, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco
Dr. Peter A. Ubel, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Dr. Waleed Abdalati, Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Gregory P. Asner, University of Colorado
Dr. Michael Loewenberg, Yale University School of Medicine
Dr. Fiona Anne Harrison, California Institute of Technology
Dr. Preete Verghese, Smith Kettewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco

National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Linda A. Barlow, University of Denver
Dr. Annelise E. Barron, Northwestern University
Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Janean Holden, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Judith A. James, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City
Dr. Cecilia B. Moens, Fred Huchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle
Dr. Marina A. Picciotto, Yale University School of Medicine
Dr. Geraldine C. Seydoux, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Ida Sim, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Ronald Marc Summers, Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, NIH
Dr. David William Russell, University of Washington
Dr. Weidong Wang, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Dr. Xiaoquin Wang, Johns Hopkins University
National Science Foundation
Dr. Linnea M. Avallone, University of Colorado
Dr. John Chapin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Donald DeVoe, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Brenda L. Dingus, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Dennis E. Discher, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Richard J. Elston, University of Florida
Dr. Steven C. George, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Lori L. Graham, University of Virginia
Dr. Victoria L. Interrante, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Dr. Predrag Jelenkovic, Columbia University
Dr. Yishi Jin, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Felicia Keesing, Siena College
Dr. Steven D. Levitt, University of Chicago
Dr. Todd L. Lowary, Ohio State University
Dr. Ken Ono, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Dr. Fenjosky Pena-Mora, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Sanjay Raman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Dr. Richard W. Roberts, California Institute of Technology
Dr. Jeffrey S. Urbach, Georgetown University
Dr. Zhuomin Zhang, University of Florida


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