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Four Natural Sciences Faculty Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

Four Natural Sciences Faculty Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

​Four faculty members from the University of Texas at Austin's College of Natural Sciences have received 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships, which honor outstanding early-career scientists in eight fields.

Alexander Huth, Joe Neeman, Simon Peter and Livia Schiavinato Eberlin are among the 126 young scholars from across the country selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to receive this award. Each recipient will receive a two-year, $65,000 fellowship to further their research.

Huth, assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience, conducts research in computational and experimental neuroscience using fMRI. He joined the UT faculty in the fall of 2017, and his postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley focused on how the many different areas in the human brain work together to perform complex tasks such as understanding natural language.

Neeman, who joined the UT faculty in 2016, is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. He works in several areas of probability theory that can help solve optimization problems in theoretical computer science.

Peter, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science since 2016, studies operating systems and networks. Among his current projects is FlexNIC, a flexible network direct memory access (DMA) that would increase security and performance in applications. DMA is a feature of computer systems that allows hardware subsystems to access the main system memory.

Eberlin, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, recently led a project to develop the MasSpec pen, a tool that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery. Previously, she received a Changing the Face of STEM (CTFS) mentoring grant for her efforts to inspire the next generation of girls in STEM.

"The Sloan Research Fellows represent the very best science has to offer," said Adam Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "The fellowship is an unmistakable marker of quality that makes a young researcher stand out. A Sloan Research Fellow is a scientist to watch."

A complete list of 2018 Sloan Fellows is available here.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2023

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