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November 18, 2007

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers


In November 2007, Dr. William S. Yancy, Jr., a VA health services researcher and Career Development Awardee received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award. Dr. Yancy is a physician at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina, an investigator at that site's Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, and an assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center. Yancy studies the effects of diet and exercise on obesity and its complications.

Established in 1996, PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. The award is given annually by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; it recognizes preeminent young scientists and engineers for their innovative research and their "exceptional potential to shape the future through intellectual and inspired leadership."


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