Two Triangle scientists honored by White House

rschoof@newsobserver.comDecember 23, 2013 

President Barack Obama on Monday named Sallie Permar of the Duke University School of Medicine and Tamlin Pavelsky of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers in recognition of innovative research.

The White House listed Permar and Pavelsky among 102 researchers who will receive the awards.

Permar is an associate professor of pediatrics and an assistant professor in immunology, molecular genetics and microbiology.

Duke Medicine News and Communications reported that Permar was the senior author of a report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in October that described how a protein in breast milk neutralizes the HIV virus, and could be developed as an alternative way to prevent HIV.

Pavelsky studies global hydrology, with a special interest in the Arctic and Subarctic regions, according to his UNC website. “My research interests are focused on the intersections between hydrology, satellite remote sensing and climate change,” he says on his site.

The recipients are employed or funded by federal departments and agencies. Permar was listed under the Department of Health and Human Services, and Pavelsky under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead,” Obama said. “We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America’s global leadership for many years to come.”

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