NIH recognizes 20 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

President Barack Obama has named this year’s recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

“This Presidential Award recognizes the achievements of scientists early in their career who show exceptional potential for leadership in science and technology. Many are currently funded by the National Institutes of Health,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “These individuals have only recently started research in their fields, and they have the potential for long and productive careers working on discoveries to improve the health of our nation.”

Since the program began in 1996, NIH has funded a total of 213 PECASE recipients. The NIH awardees will take their place along with 96 other highly accomplished scientists from a number of federal agencies. Of the 20 NIH honorees, 17 are new investigators working at institutions around our nation. The others have positions in the NIH Intramural Programs.

A complete list of NIH-supported PECASE recipients and program information is available here. Awardees will be honored by the President at a White House ceremony later this month.

Open access is the future of academic publishing, says Finch report

Prof Finch, a sociologist at the University of Manchester, was asked by the government to consult academics and publishers on how the UK could make the scientific research funded by taxpayers available free of charge while maintaining high standards of peer review and without undermining the UK’s successful publishing industry. In her report, Finch said open access would lead to efficiency benefits for researchers and produce economic growth. She said that the web had changed expectations about how quickly and easily people could access information and knowledge, and proposed strengthening the role of digital repositories, where scientists make the results of their work available for free!

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