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Marta Metelko/Dolores Beasley
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June 13, 2005
RELEASE : 05-148
NASA Scientists Receive Presidential Award
Two NASA scientists received the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) today at a White House ceremony.

The PECASE, established in 1996, represents the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. The awards honor the nation's most promising young researchers within their fields, and recognize recipients' exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. A PECASE is awarded to an individual only once during his or her career.

NASA recipients are:

- David Alexander, Associate Professor of Astrophysics, Rice University, Houston, Texas

- Michael G. Bosilovich, Meteorologist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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 highlight the importance of science and technology for the nation's future. The recipients receive funding for their projects.

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