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President Obama names SF State math professor a top young scientist
Date:7/23/2012

SAN FRANCISCO, July 23, 2012 -- President Barack Obama has named an SF State mathematician one of the nation's most promising young scientists. Associate Professor of Mathematics Mariel Vazquez has been selected to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the U.S. government's highest honor for researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Vazquez is a pioneer in an emerging field called DNA topology, which applies pure math to the biological mysteries of DNA. She is also the first SF State faculty member to receive the prestigious PECASE award.

"This tremendous honor recognizes Mariel Vazquez's research at the frontiers of scientific inquiry and her passion for teaching, mentoring and community outreach. She embodies the model of teacher/scholar that San Francisco State University values so highly," said San Francisco State University President Robert A. Corrigan.

Vazquez is among 96 researchers selected for the award this year. PECASE recipients are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service. Federal departments and agencies nominate researchers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for keeping America at the cutting edge of science and engineering.

The PECASE award citation states that Vazquez is being honored for her "excellent interdisciplinary and international research at the interface of mathematics and biology, and for creativity and dedication to recruiting, training, and mentoring, and helping students from underrepresented groups achieve their goals."

"This amazing honor is a real certification of the high quality of Mariel Vazquez's work," said Sheldon Axler, dean of the College of Science and Engineering. "She does research at the highest level, using sophisticated mathematical tools to answer important biological questions. She is also a wonde
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Contact: Elaine Bible
ebible@sfsu.edu
415-405-3606
San Francisco State University
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