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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Researcher Named as Outstanding U.S. Scientist

Researcher to Receive Award Today at Ceremony in the White House

Seattle -- Effie Petersdorf, M.D., a researcher in human immunogenetics at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is one of 60 young researchers to received one of the nations highest honors for young professionals.

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) will be presented to the researchers at approximately 1:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 10, in a ceremony in the White House. Neal Lane, Ph.D., President Clinton'dfs Science Advisor will present the awards for President Clinton.

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Note to Editors/Assignment Desks: Attached is the press release distributed by the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. Effie Petersdorf, M.D., is in Washington D.C. today. She will return to Seattle on Thursday, Feb. 11. Petersdorf will be available for interviews on Friday, Feb. 12.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of Science and Technology Policy

For Immediate Release Contact: 202/456-6047

February 10, 1999

 

PRESIDENT NAMES OUTSTANDING YOUNG U.S. SCIENTISTS

President Clinton today named 60 young researchers as recipients of

the third 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.

These Presidential Awards, established by President Clinton in

February 1996, embody the high priority the Administration places on

producing outstanding scientists and engineers and nurturing their

continued development. Eight Federal departments join together annually to

nominate the most meritorious young scientists and engineers who will

broadly advance science and technology that will be of the greatest benefit

to the participating government agencies.

"These talented young men and women show exceptional potential for

leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge," President Clinton

said. "Their passion for discovery will spark our can-do spirit of

technological innovation and drive this Nation forward to build a better

America for the twenty-first century."

In a February 10, 1999 award ceremony, Dr. Neal Lane, the President?s

Science Advisor, cited the honorees "or their research contributions, for

their promise, and for their commitment to broader societal goals."

Those selected receive five-year research grants 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 Environmental Protection

Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National

Science Foundation.

The recipients are:

Department of Agriculture

John Dobrinsky, USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Service

Krishna Niyogi, University of California at Berkeley

Brian J. Palik, Forest Service North Central Forest Experiment Station

Department of Commerce

Michael H. Bergin, University of Colorado Institute for Research in

Environmental Sciences, NOAA

Sharon C. Glotzer, Material Sciences and Engineering Laboratory, NIST

Anthony J. Kearsley, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST

Joseph A. Shaw, Environmental Technology Laboratory, NOAA

Department of Defense

Daniel J. Blumenthal, University of California, Santa Barbara

Elizabeth C. Dickey, University of Kentucky

Miroslav Krstic, University of California, San Diego

John D. O'Brien, University of Southern California

Robert G. Parker, Ohio State University

Guillermo Sapiro, University of Minnesota

Department of Energy

Mari Lou Balmer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Toyna L. Kuhl, University of California at Santa Barbara

James E. Lee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Roya Maboudian, University of California at Berkeley

Anthony Mezzacappa, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Christopher P. Palmer, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

Gary P. Wiederrecht, Argonne National Laboratory

Department of Veterans? Affairs

Alan E. Mast, VA Medical Center

Richard N. Pierson, VA Medical Center

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Mitchell S. Albert, Longwood Medical Research Center

Howard Pearlman, University of Southern California

Shobita Satyapal, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Azadeh Tabazadeh, NASA Ames Research Center

Paul O. Wennberg, California Institute of Technology

Andrew Westphal, Space Science Laboratory, University of California

National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Angelika B. Amon, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Marlene Behrmann, Carnegie Mellon University

Mark E. Brezinski, Massachusetts General Hospital

David D. Chang, University of California, Los Angeles

Brian D. Dynlacht, Harvard University

Ulrike A. Heberlein, San Francisco General Hospital

Linda A. Hicke, Northwestern University

Effie W. Petersdorf, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Gregory J. Quirk, Urb. Punto Oro

Jeffrey Struewing, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Mark Von Zastrow, University of California

Matthew Waldor, New England Medical Center, #41

National Science Foundation

Mario Affatigato, Coe College

Eric I. Altman, Yale University

Nalini Ambady, Harvard University

Alexander Barvinok, University of Michigan

Pei Cao, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Janet Conrad, Columbia University

Christopher J. Diorio, University of Washington

Shirley J. Dyke, Washington University

Rhonda F. Drayton, University of Illinois - Chicago

Cassandra L. Fraser, University of Virginia

Julie A. Jacko, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Robert B. Jackson, University of Texas - Austin

Sugih Jamin, University of Michigan

Elizabeth A. Lada, University of Florida

Gregory H. Leazer, University of California - Los Angeles

Gina M. MacDonald, James Madison University

Scot Martin, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Hudson K. Reeve, Cornell University

Venugopal Veeravalli, Cornell University

Daniel Walczyk, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Feb. 10, 1999

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