U of I professor recognized at highest level

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On Oct 24, 2000 at a ceremony at the White House, Dr. Randall Singer, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

The award is the highest honor bestowed by the US government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.

Dr. Randall Singer and Dr. Mary Torrence of the USDA-CSREES.

Dr. Singer, a 1995 graduate of the University of California-Davis, was one of 59 individuals who received the award this past year. President Bill Clinton established the award in 1996 to embody the high priority the administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers ready to contribute to all sectors of the economy. The president did not attend the October awards ceremony.

"These extraordinarily gifted young scientists and engineers represent the best in our country," said President Clinton in a released statement. "Through their talent, ability, and dedication, they will quicken the pace of discovery and put science and technology to work advancing the human condition as never before."

Dr. Singer was nominated by the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, in part for his work proposed in a New Investigator Award that he received from the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program.

The NRI staff and review panel recognized Dr. Singer's research as having outstanding potential for improving our understanding of the epidemiology and ecology of bacterial resistance to antimicrobials in farm animals.

As part of the award, CSREES will extend Dr. Singer's existing NRI grant to a total of $1,739,158 for five years.

"It's overwhelming," Dr. Singer said. "It's gratifying to know that the work we're preparing to do is being recognized at a national level."