Women's Global Health Scientist Receives 2004 Presidential Early Career Award

Suneeta Krishnan, PhD, director of HIV prevention programs in India for the Women's Global Health Imperative, on Monday was named a recipient of the 2004 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. An epidemiologist who works in Southern India, Krishnan is conducting two studies that examine the relationship between economic opportunity and HIV prevention among girls and investigate gender-based power dynamics and susceptibility to HIV among married women. She also explores the barriers to treatment adherence and AIDS-related stigma. Krishnan explained her studies at a briefing on International Women's Day on March 8, 2004 in San Francisco. Hear the audio here. The Women's Global Health Imperative (WGHI) is a global research center based at UCSF. Its mission is to develop public health interventions that prevent HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancies, and maternal mortality through collaborative research, academic and clinical training, community education, and the study of gender inequity. Fifty-eight researchers were honored Monday in a ceremony presided over by John H. Marburger III, Science Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, established in 1996, honors the most promising researchers in the nation within their fields. Eight federal departments and agencies annually nominate scientists and engineers at the start of their independent careers whose work shows exceptional promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the 21st century. Participating agencies award these talented scientists and engineers up to five years of funding to further their research in support of critical government missions. The recipients of the 2004 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, along with their nominating federal department or agency are: Department of Agriculture
Edward S. Buckler, IV, Agricultural Research Service
Devin G. Peterson, Pennsylvania State University
Michael K. Schwartz, USDA Forest Service

Department of Commerce
Daniel J. Cziczo, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Michael J. Fasolka, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Philip Roni, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Joel N. Ullom, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Department of Defense
Ali Adibi, Georgia Institute of Technology
Marija Drndic, University of Pennsylvania
David S. Ginger, University of Washington
John C. Howell, University of Rochester
Raadhakrishnan Poovendran, University of Washington
Mark J. Schnitzer, Stanford University
Department of Energy
John R. Arrington, Argonne National Laboratory
William J. Ashmanskas, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Wei Cai, Stanford University William P. King, Georgia Institute of Technology
Yunfeng Lu, Tulane University
Hong Qin, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Robert B. Ross, Argonne National Laboratory
Paul Vaska, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Zhangbu Xu, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Department of Health and Human Services: National Institutes of Health
Luis R. Garcia, Texas A&M University
Catherine M. Gordon, Boston Children's Hospital
Joanna C. Jen, University of California, Los Angeles
Yuhong Jiang, Harvard University
Neil L. Kelleher, University of Illinois
Tejvir S. Khurana, University of Pennsylvania
Robin F. Krimm, University of Louisville
Suneeta Krishnan, University of California, San Francisco
Kenneth D. Mandl, Children's Hospital of Boston
Marisela Morales, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Teresa A. Nicolson, Oregon Health and Science University
Brenda A. Schulman, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Department of Veterans Affairs
William M. Grady, University of Washington
Kevin G. Volpp, University of Pennsylvania
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
David Alexander, Rice University
Michael G. Bosilovich, National Aeronautics and Spaceb Administration
National Science Foundation
David V. Anderson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Paul H. Barber, Boston University
Michael A. Bevan, Texas A&M University
Derrick T. Brazill, City University of New York, Hunter College
Frank L. H. Brown, University of California, Santa Barbara
Marianella Casasola, Cornell University
Elaine Chew, University of Southern California
Martin L. Culpepper, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Oscar D. Dubon, Jr., University of California, Berkeley
Michael J. Garvin, II, Columbia University
Sean Gavin, Wayne State University
Jennifer A. Jay, University of California, Los Angeles
Jun Jiao, Portland State University
Shalinee Kishore, Lehigh University
Wei Li, University of Washington
Donna L. Maney, Emory University
Daniel J. Mindiola, Indiana University
Becky W. Packard, Mount Holyoke College
Russell S. Schwartz, Carnegie Mellon University
ChengXiang Zhai, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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