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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0839)

Sept. 9, 2004
RELEASE : 04-290
NASA Scientists Receive Presidential Early Career Awards
Three NASA-funded scientists received the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) today at the White House.

These National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) awards represent the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. They recognize recipients' exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. The NSTC only bestows the PECASE award to an individual once during his or her career.

"NASA is honored to have such promising researchers among our ranks of pioneers," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. It is the work of these talented individuals and others that will propel us forward to carry out our exploration of Earth and the universe beyond."

NASA recipients and their winning research proposals:

-Dr. Carlos E. Del Castillo, Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program scientist, NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. "Carbon Transport by the Mississippi River Plume."

-Dr. Stuart D. Bale, assistant professor, Space Sciences Department, University of California, Berkeley, Calif. "An Investigation of Solar Wind Coherent Structure and Turbulence Using Wind Spacecraft Instruments."

-Dr. Sarah Stewart-Mukhopadhyay, assistant professor of Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. "Experimental Investigation of Porosity and Volatility in Impact Processes."

The PECASE awards were created to foster innovative and far-reaching developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlights the importance of science and technology for the nation's future. The recipients receive funding for their projects.

For Information about the PECASE awards on the Internet, visit:

For information about NASA and photos of the award ceremony on the Internet, visit:


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