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Three Natural Sciences Faculty Receive Sloan Fellowships

Three faculty members in the College of Natural Sciences have recently been awarded 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.

The recipients are:

Guangbin Dong, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry

Pradeep Ravikumar, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science

Amir Mohammadi, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics

The faculty are part of a group of 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers that received Sloan Research Fellowships for 2012.

"For more than half a century, the Sloan Foundation has been proud to honor the best young scientific minds and support them during a crucial phase of their careers when early funding and recognition can really make a difference," said Dr. Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "These researchers are pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge in unprecedented ways."

Past Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to notable careers and include such intellectual luminaries as physicist Richard Feynman and game theorist John Nash. Since the beginning of the program in 1955, 42 fellows have received a Nobel Prize in their respective field, 16 have won the Fields Medal in mathematics, 13 have won the John Bates Clark Medal in economics, and 63 have received the National Medal of Science.

Fellows receive $50,000 to be used to further their research.

For a complete list of winners, visit: http://www.sloan.org/sloan-research-fellowships/2014-sloan-research-fellows

Guangbin DongAmir MohammadiPradeep Ravikumar

Marc Airhart is the Communications Coordinator for the College of Natural Sciences. A long time member of the National Association of Science Writers, he has written for national publications including Scientific American, Mercury, The Earth Scientist, Environmental Engineer & Scientist, and StarDate Magazine. He also spent 11 years as a writer and producer for the Earth & Sky radio series.

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