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Duke Neurobiologist Wins Young Scientist Award

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Monday that Erich Jarvis, an assistant professor of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center, has been awarded its highest honor for a young researcher - the Alan T. Waterman Award. The honor includes a $500,000 grant to continue his research on the brain structures that enable birds to learn songs - research that also yields insight into how humans learn speech.

In announcing Jarvis' selection, NSF Director Rita Colwell said, "He is the epitome of the modern scientist, crossing between disciplines and ideas, and blending his enormous sense of creativity learned at a very young age and applying it to get the very most from scientific experimentation."

The NSF news release can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/02/pr0231.htm.

Find out background information on Jarvis.

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