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President Recognizes Budding Researchers

Two intramural scientists and 11 grantees are among 60 researchers who have received the fourth annual Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. President Clinton, who established the PECASE awards in February 1996, honored the recipients at a ceremony Apr. 12 at the White House. Awardees receive up to a 5-year research grant to further their studies. NIH is one of eight federal agencies with science/engineering missions and PECASE honorees.

Dr. Ronald M. Summers of the Clinical Center

Winners from the intramural program are Dr. Ronald M. Summers of the Clinical Center's diagnostic radiology department and Dr. Weidong Wang of the National Institute on Aging. Summers was cited "for developing special radiologic visualization techniques such as virtual reality presentations that permit doctors and patients to better understand disease and better plan treatment." Wang's award read, "For innovative analysis of protein complexes and genes that regulate development and aging."

Dr. Weidong Wang of the National Institute on Aging

The extramural winners included:

Dr. Linda A. Barlow, University of Denver, and Dr. Xiaoqin Wang, Johns Hopkins University, funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders; Dr. Annelise E. Barron, Northwestern University, National Human Genome Research Institute; Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, University of California, Berkeley, National Institute of General Medical Sciences; Dr. Janean Holden, University of Illinois at Chicago, National Institute of Nursing Research; Dr. Judith A. James, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; Dr. Cecelia B. Moens, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, and Dr. Geraldine C. Seydoux, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Dr. Marina A. Picciotto, Yale University School of Medicine, National Institute on Drug Abuse; Dr. Ida Sim, University of California, San Francisco, National Library of Medicine; Dr. David William Russell, University of Washington, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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