Here's a little nugget for the "She only got it because she's a girl" crowd to feed on. Anyway, I wonder if her 5 years of funding is portable?
By James E. Rickman, The LANL NewsBulletin
Jennifer S. Martinez of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) has received a prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award, presented to Martinez last Friday at the White House, is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists early in their careers.
Martinez was one of eight researchers funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration to be recognized. Martinez is one of 68 researchers supported by nine federal departments and agencies to receive the award.
Each PECASE recipient receives up to five years’ funding from their respective agency to advance his or her research. Martinez received her award from John Marburger, science advisor to President George W. Bush and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Scientific disciplines represented among award recipients ranged from computational biology to atomic, molecular, and optical science.
In addition to her work using biomolecular recognition strategies to template, solubilize and assemble nanomaterials, Martinez has been active in development of biosensors that could have applications in medical diagnostics as well as in detection of biological threat agents. She also has been active in mentoring postdoctoral scientists, an activity for which she recently received an award from the Laboratory. Her work has been published in journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Langmuir. She actively works with visiting researchers and collaborators at the CINT, which is one of several DOE national user facilities focused on nanotechnology research.
Martinez’s achievements cited in the PECASE award were funded by the DOE Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.
“Jen’s career and research is exemplary, and we are extremely pleased that she is a role model for numerous emerging scientists here at the Laboratory,” said John Sarrao, director of the Laboratory’s Office of Science Program. “We congratulate Jen on her outstanding contributions to science, and her inspiring mentorship activities. Her career at Los Alamos thus far has been truly inspirational.”