Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Two EPA scientists win top federal honor for early career professionals

Two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists, Dr. Alex Marten and Dr. Rebecca Dodder, recently received recognition from President Barack Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

“I am pleased and proud to see two members of the EPA family recognized with this prestigious honor,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “Through their innovative research, Doctors Marten and Dodder have helped paint clearer pictures of the social costs of greenhouse gas pollution and the impacts of our energy choices on the natural world.”

The PECASE award is the American government’s highest honor for scientists and engineers in the beginning of their independent research careers. Marten earned the recognition for his work to determine the social costs of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, using global integrated assessment models. His work in leadership, mentoring and community outreach also contributed to his selection.

Dodder earned the PECASE award for her work to evaluate energy production opportunities and challenges, wherein she considered the air, water and climate impacts of different energy choices. She has also promoted science, technology, engineering and math awareness through outreach activities, and curricula and game development.

There are 105 PECASE winners this year, who will receive their awards at a spring ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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