Three USDA scientists with the Agricultural Research Service have been named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
The award is the highest honor by the United States government to scientists and engineers who are beginning their research careers.
The Agricultural Research Service winners include Heather Allen at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, Jo Anne Crouch at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland, and Sara Lupton, at the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota.
Allen is a microbiologist and an international expert on antibiotic resistance gene ecology.
Crouch is a molecular biologist whose work has been key to understanding the global diversity of fungal pathogens on plants.
And, Lupton, who is a research chemist, is internationally recognized for her research about the fate of chemical contaminants in cattle, swine and poultry as well as their byproducts, waste systems, and feed sources.
The awards were announced by the White House last week.