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White House honors Dartmouth professor for promising research

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/09/04 • Contact Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

Arjun Heimsath
Arjun Heimsath (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Dartmouth's Arjun Heimsath, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, is one of 57 researchers chosen to receive the 2003 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest national honor for investigators in the early stages of promising research careers who have also displayed leadership in their fields. Heimsath was nominated by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which funds his work. (Read the NSF press release)

Heimsath examines how the Earth's surface changes under the forces of climate, tectonics and human land management. His research focuses on processes and rates of erosion caused by a wide variety of geomorphic forces (from landslides to chemical weathering). He is principally concerned with quantifying and predicting changes across the physical landscape using chemical soil analysis techniques he helped develop. Field work takes Heimsath and his students to the coastal ranges of California, Oregon and Alaska; the Outback, the Top End and the southeast regions of Australia; and to the high central Himalaya of Nepal and Tibet.

According to the NSF Web site, PECASE, established in 1996, recognizes outstanding early-career scientists and engineers "who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge." Eight federal departments and agencies annually nominate scientists and engineers from among the ranks that they provide funding to.

John H. Marburger III, science advisor to the president and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy presented the PECASE awards today (September 9, 2004) at a 3:00 p.m. ceremony at the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

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