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Office of Naval Research young investigators honored with Presidential Award
Date:11/9/2011

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Other YIP winners selected as PECASE awardees include Dr. Hatice Altug, Boston University, 2010 YIP; Dr. Tonghun Lee, Michigan State University, 2011 YIP; and Dr. Anne J. McNeil, University of Michigan, 2009 YIP.

A number of PECASE awardees were funded by ONR for past and ongoing projects, including Dr. Evgenya I. Simakov of Los Alamos National Laboratory, who is conducting research for the agency's free-electron laser program.

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Dr. Jeffrey Book: Forecasting Coastal Ocean Behavior

For the Navy and Marine Corps, predicting ocean behavior near coastal areas is a challenging but crucial element for operations. NRL's Jeffrey Book is researching methods to forecast the coastal ocean environment just as meteorologists model and predict the Earth's atmospheric weather conditions.

The growth of robotic underwater vehicles in recent years will help in the effort. "This explosion of technology is a game changer," Book said. "Now we need to understand how to really use the new information we're receiving, and apply mathematical techniques and analysis to more accurately predict the ocean 48 hours, 72 hours, even a week ahead of time." Book's hometown is Milford, Ohio.

Dr. Ali Khademhosseini: Artificial Muscles for Biosensing

Dr. Ali Khademhosseini's research at Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital to generate artificial muscles using cells from fish and other cold-blooded organisms not only could be applied to robotics but also could have application in biosensing. Artificial muscles that beat or actuate in response to toxic chemical exposure could help sensors determine unknown compounds or substances.

"For any toxic chemical, if they affect biological cells, you know they're going to be toxic to humans as well," said Khademhosseini, who hails from Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Aydogan Ozcan: Studying Cells with Smartphones
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Contact: Peter Vietti
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