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Presidential Early Career Awards Recipients
By Josiah Leong
The APA Science Directorate would like to congratulate three psychological scientists who were awarded with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). PECASE was established by President Clinton in 1996 to honor young scientists who pursue research at the forefront of science and technology and are also dedicated to serving the community through outreach and education. The researchers were nominated by the federal departments and agencies that fund them and the winners received a five-year research grant.
Department of Education
Nonie K. Lesaux, Marie and Max Kargman Associate Professor in Human Development and Urban Education Advancement at Harvard University, researches the reading development of children who come from diverse linguistic backgrounds. Her current research involves a longitudinal study on native Spanish-speakers' English reading comprehension, as well as a study on language instruction in urban middle schools. Lesaux received her PhD in Educational Psychology and Special Education from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Katherine A. Rawson, an assistant professor at Kent State University, conducts research on text comprehension and metacognition. She directs a lab that explores issues related to both human comprehension and memory. Some of the questions that her lab addresses include "why cognitive processes become faster and better with practice", and "how to optimize learning in educationally relevant domains-how much students learn, how fast they learn it, and how long they retain it." Rawson completed her undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and received her PhD from University of Colorado at Boulder.
National Science Foundation
Jimmy de la Torre, an associate professor in the Educational Psychology department at Rutgers University, focuses his research on psychological and educational testing and measurement. He is interested in how assessments can help to inform instruction and learning in the classroom and currently teaches in the Educational Statistics, Measurement, & Evaluation program at Rutgers. De la Torre received his PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Please join us in congratulating these psychological researchers who have received the highest honor that the U.S. government bestows on young scientists. The recipients of the award will be honored in a ceremony at the White House this fall.