Awards Current Affairs 2017

4 Indian American scientists selected for presidential awards

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has selected four Indian-American scientists among 102 researchers for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

They are Pankaj Lal from Montclair State University, Kaushik Chowdhury from Northeastern University, Manish Arora from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Aradhna Tripati from University of California, Los Angeles.

About Awardees
  • Pankaj Lal: He is an associate professor in the department of earth and environmental studies at Montclair. He has been working on environmental economics and economic geography, natural resource conservation and policy and climate change, human dimensions of ecosystem management.
  • Kaushik Chowdhury: He directs the Next Generation Networks and Systems (GENESYS) Lab. He is the winner of the “NSF CAREER” award (2015) and the Office of Naval Research Director of Research Early Career Award (2016).
  • Manish Arora: He is an environmental epidemiologist and exposure biologist. His research focuses on effects of prenatal and early childhood chemical exposures on life-long health trajectories.
  • He is known for his work on biomarkers that utilise human deciduous and permanent teeth to reconstruct the timing of exposure to various harmful chemicals and essential nutrients.
  • Aradhna Tripati: Her lab at UCLA uses chemistry of natural compounds as well as models as tools to understand how the Earth works. Her models focus to understand climate change, oceans, and the transfer of carbon between the biosphere, atmosphere and oceans.

About Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

  • PECASE is the highest honour given by the US government to science and engineering professionals.vThe awards were established in 1996 by President Bill Clinton.
  • They are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the US president.
  • The awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at frontiers of S&T and their commitment to community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.

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Cristiano Ronaldo named the world’s best player for 2016

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player for the year 2016 at the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards held in Zurich, Switzerland. To win this title he received 34.54% of total votes.

He defeated Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (26.42%), Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann (7.53%) to win the coveted prize.

Other 2016 awardees are
  • Best FIFA Women’s Player: Carli Lloydll (US).
  • Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Claudio Ranieri (Italy).
  • Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Silvia Neid (Germany).
  • FIFA Puskas Award: Mohd Faiz Subri (Malaysia).
  • FIFA Fair Play Award: Atletico Nacional
  • FIFA Award for an Outstanding Career: Falcao (Brazil).
  • FIFA Fan Award: Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters.

About Best FIFA Football Awards

The Best FIFA Football Awards are an association football awards presented annually by the FIFA. They are awared in by FIFA to several individuals across different categories. The selection criteria for the (men’s and women’s) players of the year are: sporting performance, general conduct on and off the pitch from 20 November 2015 to 22 November 2016. The selected will be voted by media representatives, national team coaches, and national team captains.

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