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Obama Lauds Extraordinary Early-Career Scientists


This week, US President Barack Obama named 85 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, which represent the "highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers," according to a White House statement. The awardees, selected from those nominated by officials in 10 federal departments and agencies, received grants for up to five years to support their ongoing, "outstanding" research efforts.

The award recipients nominated by officials at the National Institutes of Health are:

•Dominique Bergmann, Stanford University
•Edward Botchwey, University of Virginia
•Brian Brooks, National Eye Institute
•Mauricio Delgado, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
•Amy Finkelstein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
•Alfredo Fontanini, State University of New York, Stony Brook
•Manolis Kellis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
•Jessica Lee, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
•Bradley Malin, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
•Ana Martinez-Donate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
•Kimberly Nixon, University of Kentucky
•Caryn Outten, University of South Carolina
•Muneesh Tewari, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
•Doris Tsao, California Institute of Technology
•Charles Venditti, National Human Genome Research Institute
•Amy Wagers, Joslin Diabetes Center
•Ziv Williams, Massachusetts General Hospital
•Joseph Wu, Stanford University School of Medicine
•Haoxing Xu, University of Michigan
•Martin T. Zanni, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The award recipients nominated by officials at the National Science Foundation are:

•Scott Aaronson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
•David Amodio, New York University
•Alexandre Bayen, University of California, Berkeley
•Rachel Bean, Cornell University
•Magdalena Bezanilla University of Massachusetts, Amherst
•Jose Blanchet Mancilla, Columbia University
•Virginia Davis, Auburn University
•Jayne Garno, Louisiana State University
•Michael Laub, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
•Steven Lower, The Ohio State University
•Jerome Lynch, University of Michigan
•Malcolm MacIver, Northwestern University
•Shelie Miller, University of Michigan
•Reza Olfati-Saber, Dartmouth College
•Laura Schulz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
•Joshua Shaevitz, Princeton University
•Ivan Smalyukh, University of Colorado at Boulder
•Edo Waks, University of Maryland, College Park
•Katrin Wehrheim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Scan

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Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.