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NGA scientist receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- Joeanna Arthur, Ph.D., a project scientist within NGA’s Basic and Applied Research Office, was recently announced by President Obama as one of 102 distinguished recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE. 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.

Arthur, who works in the Anticipatory Analytics Division in the InnoVision directorate, applies advances in basic vision science and cognitive neuroscience to develop new tools and methodologies for improving human performance in specific mission areas. This involves developing and implementing evidence-based methods for systematically measuring and improving GEOINT Search performance.

The 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. The recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Intelligence Community, which 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.

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 impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead,” said President Obama. “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.”

Photo Caption: Joeanna Arthur, Ph.D, was awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Arthur (holding the award) is pictured with (from left) Kevin Meiners, Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition, Technology and Facilities, Deputy Director of National Intelligence Stephanie O'Sullivan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Director of National Intellignce.

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