President Obama named Justin Kasper a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dr. Kasper was recognized for investigating why the solar corona is thousands of times hotter than the surface of the Sun, how the solar wind is accelerated, how the heliosphere connects to interstellar space, and for developing an experiment that will “touch the Sun.”

Dr. Kasper is Co-Investigator and member of NLSI’s LUNAR team, and Key Heliophysics Project leader at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He joined the Solar and Stellar X-Ray Group in the High Energy Astrophysics Division in 2007, where he developed his ideas for what has become the Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) investigation on NASA’s Solar Probe Plus mission to study the outer atmosphere of the Sun.

Congratulations Justin!

President Barack Obama greets the 2010 PECASE recipients in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 14, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The Presidential early career awards embody the high priority the Obama Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the Nation’s goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy. Sixteen Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions.

“It is inspiring to see the innovative work being done by these scientists and engineers as they ramp up their careers—careers that I know will be not only personally rewarding but also invaluable to the Nation,” President Obama said. “That so many of them are also devoting time to mentoring and other forms of community service speaks volumes about their potential for leadership, not only as scientists but as model citizens.”

The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

The full text of the announcement may be seen at the URL below:

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: NLSI Team

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