Four CU-Boulder faculty named Presidential Early Career Award winners

By: Steve Thursday July 26, 2012 0 comments Tags: Cindy Regal, David Noone, Erin Furtak, Rebecca Washenfelder, Stein Sture

university of colorado boulder logoBOULDER - Four University of Colorado-Boulder faculty members are among 96 researchers named by the White House as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Those receiving awards were: Erin Furtak, assistant professor in the School of Education; Cindy Regal, assistant professor in the physics department; David Noone, associate professor in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences department; and Rebecca Washenfelder, a scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.

The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers.

CU-Boulder ranked second in the nation for universities receiving the Presidential Awards in 2012, just behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which had five winners.

Furtak was honored for developing new tools to support high school teachers in building the content knowledge and teaching skills needed to understand student perceptions regarding natural selection.

Regal was honored "for discovery of pairing and condensation in a Fermi gas of atoms and broad contributions to the realization of laser-cooled, nano-mechanical resonators."

Noone was cited for the "innovative use of stable isotope tracers and modeling efforts directed towards and integrated understanding of the cycling of water and carbon dioxide through the atmosphere."

Washenfelder was honored for her "pioneering work in developing and applying new measurement techniques to study atmospheric chemistry related to climate and air quality and for commitment to science education and outreach."

"We could not be more pleased to have these four talented people join our growing ranks of young faculty at CU-Boulder who have been named PECASE winners by the White House," said Stein Sture, CU-Boulder's vice chancellor for research.


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