(Santa Barbara, Calif.) Ania Bleszynski Jayich, an assistant professor in physics at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor the nation can bestow on a scientist or engineer at the beginning of his or her career.
"Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people." President Obama said. "The impressive accomplishments of today's awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead."
Jayich joins 96 others who were also named by President Obama as recipients of the award, which is intended to recognize some of the finest scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the 21st century.
"UC Santa Barbara takes great pride in President Obama's recognition of the research of Assistant Professor Jayich," said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. "We look forward with great anticipation to developments in her studies of quantum electrical transport in nanoscale systems. And we wish her a joyous celebration when she visits the White House to accept this prestigious honor."
Jayich, who joined the UCSB faculty in 2010, was recognized for her "exceptional research accomplishments in the application of scanning probe techniques to study quantum electrical transport in nanoscale systems, and for the development of ultra-high sensitivity magnetometry techniques to study quantum effects in mesoscopic systems."
Jayich received her Ph.D. in physics from Harvard and her B.S. in physics and mathematical and computational science from Stanford in 2000. Her efforts include experiments on a technique that could result in magnetic resonance imaging on a nanoscale, small enough to image the structure of proteins. Jayich conducted the research, which involved coupling nitrogen-vacan
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