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Presidential Early Career Award
updated: Jul 23, 2012, 11:14 AM
Ania Bleszynski Jayich, an assistant professor in physics at UC Santa Barbara,
has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists
and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor the nation can bestow on
a scientist or engineer at the beginning of his or her career.
"Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they
inspire us as a people." President Obama said. "The impressive accomplishments
of today's awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in
the years ahead."
Jayich joins 96 others who were also named by President Obama as recipients of
the award, which is intended to recognize some of the finest scientists and
engineers who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of
scientific knowledge during the 21st century.
"UC Santa Barbara takes great pride in President Obama's recognition of the
research of Assistant Professor Jayich," said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. "We
look forward with great anticipation to developments in her studies of quantum
electrical transport in nanoscale systems. And we wish her a joyous celebration
when she visits the White House to accept this prestigious honor."
Jayich, who joined the UCSB faculty in 2010, was recognized for her "exceptional
research accomplishments in the application of scanning probe techniques to
study quantum electrical transport in nanoscale systems, and for the development
of ultra-high sensitivity magnetometry techniques to study quantum effects in
Jayich received her Ph.D. in physics from Harvard and her B.S. in physics and
mathematical and computational science from Stanford in 2000. Her efforts
include experiments on a technique that could result in magnetic resonance
imaging on a nanoscale, small enough to image the structure of proteins. Jayich
conducted the research, which involved coupling nitrogen-vacancy centers in
diamond to nanomechanical sensors, during a yearlong stint at Harvard prior to
her professorship at UCSB. She continues the work at UCSB, as the head of the
"This is an amazing honor," Jayich said. "I'd like to acknowledge all the
support I have received here at UCSB, from my funding sources at the Air Force
Office of Scientific Research, and from my graduate and postdoctoral advisors.
This award will allow our lab to pursue the study of quantum effects at the
nanoscale via novel imaging techniques. These are exciting research directions,
as physics at the nanoscale offers many surprises and functionalities, which are
being explored for applications in computing and biology."
"PECASE awards are given every year to the top scientists and engineers in the
country across all fields early in their careers. This award recognizes the fact
that Ania is emerging as one of the top experimental physicists in the country,"
said Michael Witherell, UCSB vice chancellor for research.
Started in 1996 by the Clinton administration, the PECASE awards foster
innovative and far-reaching developments in science and technology, increase
awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the
scientific missions of participating agencies, enhance connections between
fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science
and technology for the nation's future. This year's PECASE recipients are
employed or funded by 11 federal departments and agencies.
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