21 April 2014—Assistant Professor Jonathan Pillow (Psychology, SSC, Neuroscience) was honored at the White House on April 14, 2014, as one of 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.
President Obama thanked all the PECASE recipients after an award ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture keynoted by OSTP Director John Holdren.
PECASE 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 winners represent outstanding examples of American creativity across a diverse span of issues—from adding to our understanding of the most potent contributors to climate change to unlocking secrets to some of the most pressing medical challenges of our time to mentoring students and conducting academic outreach to increase minority representation in science fields.