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Graphene specialist at UC Riverside receives PECASE honor


Dr. Lau Goes to Washington

Graphene specialist Jeanie Lau of UC Riverside received high national honor on Jan. 13

(January 27, 2010)

UC Riverside's Chun Ning (Jeanie) Lau receives her PECASE certificate, Jan. 13, 2010.  From left to right: John P. Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Lau; and Arden Bement, director of the National Science Foundation. Photo credit: Ken Shipp/Department of Energy. Please see below for a group photo taken on Jan. 13, 2010, showing President Barack Obama and the PECASE recipients.Enlarge

UC Riverside's Chun Ning (Jeanie) Lau receives her PECASE certificate, Jan. 13, 2010. From left to right: John P. Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Lau; and Arden Bement, director of the National Science Foundation. Photo credit: Ken Shipp/Department of Energy. Please see below for a group photo taken on Jan. 13, 2010, showing President Barack Obama and the PECASE recipients.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Chun Ning (Jeanie) Lau, an associate professor of physics at the University of California, Riverside, received a 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

President Barack Obama greeted Lau and the other 99 recipients of the PECASE, the highest award bestowed by the U.S. Government upon scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent careers. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy selected the awardees.

“The whole experience was marvelous, from the tour of the White House, to the formal PECASE ceremony, to meeting other PECASE winners as well as the directors and policy makers of various federal funding agencies,” Lau said. “I was excited and delighted to meet President Obama – he is even more charismatic in person! It was also reassuring to hear from him his commitment to investment in the scientific enterprise and securing American leadership in science and technology.”

Lau is the first PECASE winner at UCR. In 2008 she received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, enabling her to experimentally investigate the electrical properties of graphene coupled to normal and superconducting electrodes. Besides graphene, Lau studies nanowires and carbon nanotubes. Her other research interests include superconductivity, thermal management and electronic transport in nanostructures, and engineering new classes of nanoscale devices.
President Barack Obama joins recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for a group photo in the East Room of the White House,  Jan. 13, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson). UCR's Jeanie Lau is sixth from the left in the row seated.  This photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.Enlarge

President Barack Obama joins recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for a group photo in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 13, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson). UCR's Jeanie Lau is sixth from the left in the row seated. This photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

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