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March 9, 2000

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Hopkins Researcher Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Highest Honor Bestowed by U.S. on Young Scientists, Engineers

Xiaoqin Wang, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University assistant professor, has been awarded the coveted Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The Presidential Awards are intended to recognize young scientists and engineers who "show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century."

Wang's work is aimed at achieving a better understanding of speech perception mechanisms in the part of the brain called the cerebral cortex in order to design more effective hearing devices for the hearing-impaired.

He received the honor "for outstanding contributions to the field of auditory neurobiology" and for pioneering "innovative physiological and computational approaches to further our understanding of vocal communications mechanisms."

"Understanding brain mechanisms for vocal communications is one of the most challenging problems in neuroscience," Wang said. "I'm deeply honored by this award and gratified by the Federal Government's support for our work to better understand these mechanisms."

Wang has appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, and is a member of the Hopkins Research and Training Center for Hearing and Balance.

He received his Ph.D. in the fields of biomedical engineering and auditory neurophysiology from Hopkins in 1991, then did postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco, from 1991 to 1995, returning to Hopkins in 1995.v

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