UNCW Alumna Awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for Pioneering Research

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Michelle Barbieri '02, '05M was one of eight National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists who received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers on July 25. She is currently a veterinary medical officer at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, recognized specifically for advancing the field of marine mammal and sea turtle health, conservation and emergency response.

The PECASE is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to early-career scientists. It recognizes recipients' potential to advance the frontiers of scientific knowledge and their commitment to community service, as demonstrated through professional leadership, education or community outreach.

“Congratulations to the NOAA PECASE awardees on their groundbreaking research into some of today’s most important weather, climate and natural resource challenges,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “I am proud of the scientific leadership they have brought to their respective fields, and I am confident they will move NOAA and the nation forward by advancing science and technology.”

Read more about Barbieri here and here.