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JPL's Josh Willis receives Presidential Early Career Award
July 01, 2009


"NASA Headquarters successfully nominated Dr. Josh Willis for a Presidential Early Career Award. Josh's Award speaks well for his accomplishments and the strong ocean science programs at both NASA and JPL. My sincere congratulations to Josh and to JPL for this prestigious honor."

Eric Lindstrom
Physical Oceanography Program
NASA Headquarters

Josh Willis
JPL's own Dr. Josh Willis has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award. This exciting honor and recognition is testament to Josh's high caliber of research, as well as his commitment to public education and outreach. The award goes to scientists who pursue innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and who have a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. See the full text of the release below.

PRESS RELEASE

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2009

PRESIDENT HONORS OUTSTANDING EARLY-CAREER SCIENTISTS

President Obama today named 100 beginning researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The recipient scientists and engineers will receive their awards in the Fall at a White House ceremony.

The Presidential Early Career Awards embody the high priority the Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the nation's goals and contribute to all sectors of the economy. Nine Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious young scientists and engineers-researchers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for strengthening America's leadership in science and technology and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions.

"These extraordinarily gifted young scientists and engineers represent the best in our country," President Obama said. "With their talent, creativity, and dedication, I am confident that they will lead their fields in new breakthroughs and discoveries and help us use science and technology to lift up our nation and our world."

The awards, established by President Clinton in February 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected on the basis of two criteria: Pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. Winning scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions.

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