University at Buffalo: Blair Johnson Receives White House Award for Young Scientists

Dr. Blair Johnson receiving the White House Award for Young Scientists.
“I was completely shocked to receive this awesome news. It is personally a great honor to receive this award and it reflects the great work that we have been doing in the Center for Research and Education in Special Environments (CRESE) over the years.”
Blair Johnson, PhD, Assistant Professor

Published August 2, 2019

A University at Buffalo researcher is among the recipients of a prestigious national honor for young scientists.

Dr. Blair Johnson received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). It’s the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology, according to the White House.

President Trump announced this year’s recipients earlier this month. Awardees were honored on July 25 at an event at the Daughters of the American Revolution building in Washington, DC.

“I was completely shocked to receive this awesome news. It is personally a great honor to receive this award and it reflects the great work that we have been doing in the Center for Research and Education in Special Environments (CRESE) over the years,” said Dr. Johnson, an assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences in University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.

His current research is focused on understanding the effects of water immersion on autonomic activity, ventilatory control, and cerebral vascular function. He is also studying the pathophysiology associated with a concussion and developing novel strategies to reduce concussion symptoms and improve recovery time.

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