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White House Bestows PECASE Honor to 102 Researchers

WhiteHouseThe White House has picked 102 federal researchers, including five from NASA, to receive its highest honor for scientists and engineers who are at the start of their research careers.

The recipients of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers will be recognised at an awarding ceremony in Washington early next year, NASA announced Dec. 23.

The NASA awardees–Joshua S. Alwood, Douglas C. Hofmann, Randall L. McEntaffer, Tamlin M. Pavelsky and Patrick C. Taylor–were nominated by the agency’s office of the chief technologist, office of the chief engineer and science mission directorate.

“These early career scientists and engineers represent some of the best and brightest talent in our agency and our university partners,” said NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan.

“Their contributions, ranging from micro-gravity and space radiation effects, x-ray spectrometry, advanced composites, remote sensing and climate research, will benefit our nation and advance the scientific frontiers,” she added.

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