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JQI Fellow Gretchen Campbell among PECASE awardees

NIST Researchers Honored with Presidential Award

JQI group photo at the award breakfast for the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE), Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington, DC, April 14, 2014. Left to right: Ana Maria Rey (JILA), Carl Williams (JQI), Charles Clark (JQI), Gretchen Campbell (JQI), Joseph Dehmer (NIST) and Bill Phillips (JQI).  Drs. Campbell and Rey are recipients of the 2014 PECASE awards given by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.Dr. Rey received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland in 2004 and is a frequent visitor to JQI.  Photo credit: Peter Cutts.

Release from NIST Tech Beat, April 15, 2014

Three National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers were among those honored April 14, 2014, at a White House reception as winners of Presidential Early Career Awards. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Joseph Kline, a materials scientist in NIST's Material Measurement Laboratory, was recognized for pioneering the use of grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction for the characterization of molecular factors critical to the performance of organic electronics; mentoring a new generation of scientists in this field; and building collaborations across NIST and with industry.

Gretchen Campbell, a Fellow of the NIST/University of Maryland Joint Quantum Institute, was recognized for pioneering research in "atomtronics" that proved the feasibility of technological applications in this new field by demonstrating the first controllable atom circuit, and for mentoring young scientists through coursework, laboratory research and sponsorship of a women-in-physics group.

Ana Maria Rey, a physicist and associate researcher in the NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory and Fellow at JILA, a joint research institute of NIST and Colorado University-Boulder, was recognized for advancing theoretical understanding of the complex interactions between atoms and light; guiding and explaining experiments involving ultracold atoms and molecules, quantum information processing, atomic clocks, and quantum magnetism; and outstanding mentoring of young scientists.

For more information on the awards and a full list of the 102 winners, see the December news release from the White House and the Office of Science and Technology Policy's blog.