NIFA-Funded Scientist Receives Presidential Early Career Award
On Feb. 18, 2016, President Obama today named 105 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC ceremony this spring.
The Presidential Early Career Awards highlight the key role that the Administration places in encouraging and accelerating American innovation to grow our economy and tackle our greatest challenges. This year’s recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, and the Intelligence Community. These departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions.
The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. 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.
Among the 105 recipients is a NIFA-funded scientist, Kenong Xu of Cornell University. Xu is an Assistant Professor looking into the genome of apples, searching for any genes and gene networks controlling traits that could be horticulturally or economically important. His program's goal is to advance the understand the underlying mechanisms behind such traits and to enable the development and integration of efficient approaches and tools for improving apple scion varieties and rootstocks.
For more information on Xu and his research, visit his biography page on the Cornell website. To learn more about the other recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, read over the press release on the White House website.