This month, Arts & Sciences researchers received awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Joseph A. Fournier, assistant professor of chemistry, won a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his project “Direct Interrogation of Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Reaction Dynamics and Mechanisms with Cryogenic Ion and Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopies.” Fournier’s research focuses on characterizing the dynamics and mechanisms of fast chemical reactions with particular interest in charge transport processes that are fundamental to chemistry and biology. By developing novel techniques for studying very fast reactions, Fournier and his group aim to better understand biological processes like photosynthesis, energy storage and transfer, and cellular respiration. Read more from the Department of Chemistry.
John E. McCarthy, the Spencer T. Olin Professor of Mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, received a five-year $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research on operator analysis and applications. McCarthy will study problems in operator theory and function theory and the interaction between them. Read more from The Source.
Hani Zaher, associate professor of biology, won a four-year $1.2 million award from the National Institutes of Health for a project titled “Reading Frame Maintenance by the Ribosome during Stalling.”
Garrett King, a graduate student in the Department of Physics, has been awarded a Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE NNSA). The fellowship is awarded to first- and second-year graduate students focusing their studies on high energy density physics, nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics. The award, renewable for up to four years, includes tuition and fees, an annual stipend, and allowances for research and professional development. Read more from the Department of Physics.
Francesco Di Plinio, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, won a $197,616 grant from the National Science Foundation for research in harmonic analysis, a branch of mathematics concerned with the rigorous description of signals and their processing. Di Plinio aims to produce representation formulas for classes of singular integrals in terms of model operators conserving the same invariance structure.
Ecologist and evolutionary biologist James T. Stroud has been recognized by the American Society of Naturalists with its 2021 Young Investigator Award. The award is one of the most prestigious for young researchers in the field of ecology and evolution. Stroud is a postdoctoral research associate in biology in the Losos Lab, where he conducts large-scale field studies to understand the ecology and evolution of Anolis lizard communities in the Caribbean. Read more from The Source.
Michael Landry, the William Chauvenet Postdoctoral Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, won a $150,000 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation for his project titled “Veering Triangulations, Polynomial Invariants, and Thurston’s Norm.” The award supports mentored research with sponsoring scientist Steven Frankel, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics.
Jackson Butler, a junior studying physics, received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious award that honors students who conduct research in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Read more from The Source.
The Association for Psychological Sciences (APS) has named Zachariah Reagh a “Rising Star.” Reagh is an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences whose research focuses on representation and remembrance of experiences and how they change as we age. The Rising Star designation is given to “outstanding APS members in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD.” Read more from The Source.
Michael Nowak, research professor in the Department of Physics, won a $18,900 grant from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in support of a project titled “Event Horizon Dynamics: Joint Chandra/EHT Imaging of Sgr A* and M87.”
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