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NGA scientist receives presidential early career award

April 15, 2014

WASHINGTON  — The White House recognized a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency project scientist as one of 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineers in a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Jefferson Auditorium here.

Joeanna Arthur, Ph.D., 31, received the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers for her efforts within the NGA science and technology directorate where she applies advanced vision science and cognitive neuroscience to develop tools and methodologies that can improve analysts’ performance.

“We use cognitive and imagery-based factors to validate the reliability of analytic standards, and we verify whether work processes such as new technology, methodology or training will or will not improve the analysts’ performance,” said Arthur.

Arthur’s project called “Enhancing Analyst Machine Interaction,” which involves multimodal human-to-computer interfaces, can potentially transform analyst and machine interaction, and her “Spatial Interface Lab” is being developed to provide NGA an in-house test bed for methods of interaction with massive, multi-source, and multi-dimensional data. Both were part of many criteria that led to her selection by the White House.

The PECASE award reflects the priority that both the administration and NGA place on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the nation’s goals in national security and the economy.

After receiving their awards, the group of scientists and engineers were greeted at the White House by President Obama, who thanked them for their outstanding achievements.

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