Three ESRL researchers named recipients of PECASE awards

Left to right: Andrew Rollins, Brian McDonald, and Andrew Hoell

JULY 8, 2019 — Three ESRL scientists will be awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for pioneering research on the Earth’s atmosphere, weather, and climate.

They were among 314 federally-supported scientists who will receive a PECASE later this month at a ceremony hosted by the White House Office of Science Policy and Technology.

The PECASE is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to early-career scientists. It recognizes recipients' potential to advance the frontiers of scientific knowledge and their commitment to community service, as demonstrated through professional leadership, education or community outreach.

From the Physical Sciences Division

Andrew Hoell, a physical scientist, is recognized for development of novel regional drought prediction research and effective communication of this research to support the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, a project of USAID that coordinates with government agencies and international partners to produce objective, forward-looking analysis on the world’s most food-insecure countries. Read more

From the Chemical Sciences Division

Brian McDonald, a CIRES atmospheric scientist, is recognized for innovative approaches that improve the scientific understanding of the sources of atmospheric pollutants and link human activity to environmental change.

Andrew Rollins, an atmospheric scientist, is recognized for pioneering work in the development and application of new measurement techniques for studying water vapor, a major greenhouse gas, and sulfur dioxide, which influence Earth’s climate.

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