2 Illinois researchers win presidential award

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CHICAGO (AP) — Two Illinois researchers have been honored by President Barack Obama as distinguished U.S. science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Illinois researchers have been honored by President Barack Obama as distinguished U.S. science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

Dr. Carla Pugh of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Gang Logan Liu of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are among 94 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

Pugh is known for her research to develop a physical test that measures medical students’ and doctors’ ability to perform clinical breast exams. She is using plastic models embedded with data-capturing sensors and simulated tumors to measure the ability to tell the difference between a cancerous lump and a benign cyst.

Liu’s research focuses on ways nano-engineering might one day be used to cure diseases and preserve the environment.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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