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Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2005

White House honors Indiana University chemist

JUNE 13, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington chemist Daniel Mindiola will receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the White House announced this morning (June 13). Mindiola is one of 58 awardees this year.

Daniel J. Mindiola

Photo by: Tyagan Miller

Daniel Mindiola

Mindiola will receive the award from John H. Marburger III, President George W. Bush's science adviser, in a special ceremony later today. He is one of 20 scientists nominated by the National Science Foundation for the honor, and this year he is the only award winner from the state of Indiana.

Among his many projects, Mindiola is examining metal-based systems that can transform greenhouse gases in our atmosphere into useful products.

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers program was created in 1996 under President Bill Clinton. Each of 11 U.S. government entities, including NSF, the National Institutes of Health, NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy, is invited to submit the names of promising young researchers to the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy. Mindiola was nominated by NSF from a pool of approximately 375 researchers who had previously received NSF Faculty Early Career Program grants.

"These Presidential awardees are the young people who will lead our nation's progress in science and engineering as they leap the fences, cross the boundaries and build the blocks of new and exciting areas of science," said NSF Director Arden L. Bement Jr.

Mindiola is the second IU Bloomington chemist to receive top White House honors in recent years. Theoretical chemist Ernest Davidson won the President's National Medal of Science in 2002.

Mindiola is not available for comment this week. If you have questions about the content of this release, please contact David Bricker (IU Media Relations) at 812-856-9035 or To speak with an NSF representative, please contact Nicole Mahoney at 703-292-5321 or