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EPA Researcher Receives 2011 Presidential Early Career Award

Dr. Mehdi Hazari was awarded the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award for his research about the effects of air toxicants on the central and local neural controls of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and mechanisms of heightened reflex responsiveness to environmental airway irritants. Dr. Hazari is the second scientist in a row from EPA's Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program to be recognized for this prestigious award. Dr. Gayle Hagler was awarded the 2010 PECASE for her research in near-roadway air pollutant measurements.

The PECASE award is the highest honor given by the U.S. to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. The White House attains recommendations from participating agencies and bestows the awards every year.

Dr. Hazari is a physiologist and principal investigator in the Cardiopulmonary and Immunotoxicology Branch of the Environmental Public Health Division. He was the lead author of a paper published in the Environmental Health Perspectives in March 2011 that involved using a new approach to study the immediate impacts of air pollution on the heart. Dr. Hazari received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University in Medical Technology, his M.Sc. from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in physiology from Johns Hopkins University.

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