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Two Natural Sciences Faculty Members to Receive Presidential Early Career Awards

Two Natural Sciences Faculty Members to Receive Presidential Early Career Awards

Kristen Grauman and Jonathan Pillow have been selected to receive 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 research careers.

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They are among 102 recipients who will receive their awards at a Washington, D.C., ceremony later this year. These recognition awards pay tribute to the honorees' past and ongoing accomplishments.

Grauman, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, studies computer vision and machine learning, with a focus on visual recognition and search.

Pillow, an assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation, develops mathematical models to study how neurons in the brain work together to process information. He is also a member of the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts. 

Mattan Erez, associate professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering, also received an award.

"The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead," President Barack Obama said about the 102 recipients. "We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America's global leadership for many years to come."

The recipients are employed or funded by various federal departments and agencies that join together annually to nominate those whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for ensuring America's pre-eminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions.

For more information contact: Lee Clippard, media relations, 512-232-0675

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