Department of Psychology

Laboratory of Alcoholism and Addictions Neuroscience (LAAN)





Dr.Walker Narrative #1 (07/23/2012): It started on the 23rd of July, 2012 when the recepients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) were announced (see press release below).




Office of the Press Secretary



July 23, 2012


President Obama Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists


President Obama today named 96 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. 


“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people.” President Obama said.  “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”


The Presidential early career awards embody the high priority the Obama Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the Nation’s goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy.  The recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Veteran Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, which join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions.


The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.


Narrative #2 (07/30/2012): In order to attend the PECASE ceremony and meet President Obama, a trip to Wash D.C. was necessary within 10 days of the press release.




Narrative #3 (07/31/2012): The Presidential award ceremony was held in the National Museum of Natural History and presided over by the Science and Technology Advisor to the President, Dr. Holdren, and various government representatives.



-------Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak-------------------Dr. John P. Holdren----

----------Deputy Director of the NIH---------------Dir. Science and Technology Policy--




Narrative #4 (07/31/2012): The awardees headed over to the White House to meet President Obama!!!







Official Whitehouse photo by Pete Souza


Narrative #5 (08/01/2012): Out to Bethesda to the NIH campus for a NIH PECASE ceremony with the Director, Francis Collins, and NIH Administration.


--------Dr. Francis Collins--------

-------------Director of the NIH-------------




-----Dr. Antonio Noronha-------------------Dr. Kenneth Warren

-Director of Neuroscience & Behavior--------------Acting Director of NIAAA--




Narrative #6 (08/01/2012): After the NIH ceremony, we traveled to the Capitol Building to meet with Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers (U.S. Representative for Washington's 5th congressional district) and discuss the importance of neuroscience research nationally and in the State of Washington - she was very interesting and extremely excited about neuroscience! I really hope to interact with her again - seems like a real 'go-getter'!
























































































































































































































Department of Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164