President Obama Awards Early Career Honor to Cornell Scientists

By: Lauren Kelly,  The Cornell Daily Sun
Sun, 02/21/2016

Cornell researcher Prof. Kenong Xu, horticulture, and Prof. Lena Kourkoutis, applied physics, were among the 105 researchers honored with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers which will be presented by President Barack Obama, the White House announced Thursday.

The PECASE Award is the highest honor the U.S. government bestows to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. President Obama congratulated the recipients in a White House press release.

“These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness,” President Barack Obama said in the release. “We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people.”

Kourkoutis received the award from the Department of Defense for her contributions to the development and applications of atomic-resolution electron microscopy and spectroscopy, and to the discovery and control of new multifunctional materials.

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Prof. Lena Kourkoutis