Asking for time off on your first day at a new job can be awkward.
But accepting an award from President Obama significantly mitigates that unease, Jennifer Miksis-Olds found recently.
Just days after arriving at UNH’s School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE) in late April, research professor Miksis-Olds traveled to the White House to collect the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from Obama. Miksis-Olds, a marine acoustician, was among just over 100 federally funded scientists and engineers from around the world to receive the honor, which carries $1 million in research funding.
“Jennifer brings a remarkable scientific background and years of experience that combine a deep understanding of marine mammals and underwater acoustics,” says Larry Mayer, director of the SMSOE and the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM). “The impact of sound on marine mammals is an area of great concern and Jennifer’s expertise will help bring the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering to the forefront of research in this area.”