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Obama Honors 94 Early-Career Scientists, Engineers for their 'Innovative Research'


US President Barack Obama named the 94 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers this week. "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," says a White House statement. In addition to awardees nominated by the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Science Foundation, early-career awardees whose research programs could have potential applications in the life sciences were nominated by the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, including Harvard Medical School's Ali Khademhosseini — nominated by the defense department for his micro- and nanoscale technologies-based tissue engineering work — and Cornell University's David Erickson — who was nominated by the DOE, and whose lab is applying to micro- and nanofluidics to biomolecular detection, among other things — among others.