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Jonathan Pillow to Receive Presidential Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

pillow14 January 2014—SSC core faculty member Jonathan Pillow is one of three University of Texas at Austin recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

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.

“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.”

Jonathan is an assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience, the Department of Psychology, and the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation. He develops mathematical models to study how neurons in the brain work together to process information.

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.

The other two University of Texas at Austin recipients are Kristen Grauman (Department of Computer Science) and Mattan Erez (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering).

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