Three Fellows Receive Presidential Honors as Outstanding Early-Career Scientists

July 23, 2012
Hertz Staff

From The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

President Obama today named 96 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people.” President Obama said. “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”

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 Veteran Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, 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.

The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

This year’s recipients are:

Department of Agriculture

Joseph E. Jakes, U.S. Forest Service

Ian Kaplan, Purdue University

Christina L. Swaggerty, Agricultural Research Service

Department of Commerce

Anthony Arguez, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ian Coddington, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Frank W. DelRio, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Jayne Billmayer Morrow, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Kyle S. Van Houtan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Rebecca Washenfelder, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Department of Defense

David M. Blei, Princeton University

Ania Bleszynski Jayich, University of California, Santa Barbara

Alejandro L. Briseno, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Lee R. Cambrea, Naval Air Research Intelligence

Vincent Conitzer, Duke University

Chiara Daraio, California Institute of Technology

Craig J. Fennie, Cornell University

Keith Edward Knipling, Naval Research Laboratory, Department of the Navy

Wen Li, Wayne State University

Timothy K. Lu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cindy Regal, University of Colorado Boulder

Matthew B. Squires, Air Force Research Laboratory, Department of the Air Force

Joseph E. Subotnik, University of Pennsylvania

Ao Tang, Cornell University

C. Shad Thaxton, Northwestern University

Maria Laina Urso, U.S. Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine

Department of Education

Li Cai, University of California, Los Angeles

Department of Energy

Stanley Atcitty, Sandia National Laboratories

Jeffrey W. Banks, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Amy J. Clarke, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Derek R. Gaston, Idaho National Laboratory

Christopher Hirata, California Institute of Technology

Heileen Hsu-Kim, Duke University

Thomas Francisco Jaramillo, Stanford University

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John R. Kitchin, Carnegie Mellon University

Peter Mueller, Argonne National Laboratory

Daniel B. Sinars, Sandia National Laboratories

Jesse Thaler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Heather Whitley, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Department of Health and Human Services

Erez Lieberman Aiden, Harvard University

Nihal Altan-Bonnet, Rutgers University

Peter D. Crompton, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Margherita R. Fontana, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Ervin Ray Fox, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Valerie Horsley, Yale University

Steven T. Kosak, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Erica N. Larschan, Brown University

Daniel R. Larson, National Cancer Institute

Krista M. Lisdahl, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Emanual M. Maverakis, University of California, Davis

Biju Parekkadan, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Jay Zachary Parrish, University of Washington

Peter Philip Reese, University of Pennsylvania

Niels Ringstad, Skirball Institute, New York University School of Medicine

Pawan Sinha, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Georgios Skiniotis, University of Michigan

Beth Stevens, F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center, Boston Children's Hospital

Justin Taraska, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Jennifer Rabke Verani, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Brendan M. Walker, Washington State University

Lauren Bailey Zapata, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Department of the Interior

Joseph P. Colgan, U.S. Geological Survey

Karen R. Felzer, U.S. Geological Survey

Justin J. Hagerty, U.S. Geological Survey

Department of Veterans Affairs

Jeffrey R. Capadona, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Charlesnika T. Evans, Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Affairs Hospital

Amy M. Kilbourne, Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Kinh Luan Phan, Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Environmental Protection Agency

Adam P. Eisele, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mehdi Saeed Hazari, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Morgan B. Abney, Marshall Space Flight Center

Ian Gauld Clark, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute of Technology

Temilola Fatoyinbo-Agueh, Goddard Space Flight Center

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Jessica E. Koehne, Ames Research Center

Francis M. McCubbin, Institute of Meteoritics, University of New Mexico

Yuri Y. Shprits, University of California, Los Angeles

National Science Foundation

Baratunde Aole Cola, Georgia Institute of Technology

Brady R. Cox, University of Arkansas

Meghan A. Duffy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Joshua S. Figueroa, University of California, San Diego

Michael J. Freedman, Princeton University

Erin Marie Furtak, University of Colorado Boulder

B. Scott Gaudi, The Ohio State University

Curtis Huttenhower, Harvard University

Christopher A. Mattson, Brigham Young University

David C. Noone, University of Colorado Boulder

Parag A. Pathak, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alice Louise Pawley, Purdue University

Amy Lucía Prieto, Colorado State University

Mayly C. Sanchez, Iowa State University and Argonne National Laboratory

Sridevi Vedula Sarma, Johns Hopkins University

Suzanne M. Shontz, Pennsylvania State University

Mariel Vázquez, San Francisco State University

Luis von Ahn, Carnegie Mellon University

Brent R. Waters, University of Texas, Austin

Jennifer Wortman Vaughan, University of California, Los Angeles