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James Iatridis receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Release Date: 12-20-2008

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
Email: Dawn.Densmore@uvm.edu
Phone: Array Fax: 802-656-8802

President George W. Bush stands with recipients of the 2007
Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) on
Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, in the Grand Foyer of the White House. (See Dr.
Iatridis in the middle row, second from left. Photo by Chris Greenberg.)
Dr. James Iatridis, associate professor in the School of Engineering within UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) with secondary appointment in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation within UVM's College of Medicine, has received the distinguished and highly competitive Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

As one of only 12 awardees to represent the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Iatridis joined a select group of premier science and engineering scholars invited to Washington, DC for the PECASE awards ceremony and reception at the White House.

Dr.
James Iatridis (center) with officials from the National Institutes of
Health as he receives his award."Our nation applauds your accomplishments and awaits your future contributions," stated John H. Marburger, III, Science Adviser to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the official notification letter sent to Dr. Iatridis from the Executive Office of the President. "Your discoveries and intellectual leadership provide an example and will help shape the future."

The PECASE award is made to scholars showing excellence in innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology, and for community service through scientific leadership and community outreach. OSTP — the Executive Office charged with advising the U.S. President on the effects of science and technology in both domestic and international affairs — receives nominations from across the country each year and must choose only a top few scientists and engineers for the honor of a PECASE award.

"It is an honor to have a scholar of the caliber of Dr. Iatridis on our faculty," said CEMS Dean Domenico Grasso. "He is well known in the scientific community for his innovative work in spinal bioengineering and disc repair. We had only recently congratulated him on another award — a prestigious grant from the AO Foundation for his work with NIH colleagues on enhanced intervertebral disc repair. Research of this caliber reflects the excellence of our faculty and reflects our College's vision for innovation in service to our global community."

For more information on the PECASE award, visit the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.