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Research Corporation for Science Advancement Announces 2017 Cottrell Scholars

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) announces it has named two-dozen top early career academic scientists as 2017 Cottrell Scholars.

The designation comes with a $100,000 award for each recipient for research and teaching, for a total of $2.4 million.

“The Cottrell Scholar (CS) program champions the very best early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics and astronomy by providing these significant discretionary awards,” said RCSA Senior Program Director Silvia Ronco.

Ronco added the program is designed to foster synergy among faculty at major American research universities and primarily undergraduate institutions.

Cottrell Scholars engage in an annual networking event, providing them an opportunity to share insights and expertise through the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative. This year’s event will be held in mid-July in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to draw about 100 top educators from around the U.S.

“Outstanding candidates are admitted to the ranks of Cottrell Scholars through a stringent peer-review process based on their innovative research proposals and education programs,” Ronco said. 

This year’s Cottrell Scholars include:

Shane Ardo, chemistry, University of California, Irvine - Photoacid-Sensitized Polymers as Light-Driven Ion Pumps for Photodialysis of Salt Water and Mapping Functional Neuron Connectivity;

Robert F. Berger, chemistry, Western Washington University - Novel Approaches to the Computational Understanding and Prediction of Perovskite Dopant Environments and Distortive Modes;

Laura B. Chomiuk, astronomy, Michigan State University - The Physical Drivers of Diversity in Nova Explosions;

S. Charles Doret, physics, Williams College - Measuring Nanoscale Thermal Transport with Chains of Trapped Ions;

Edward B. Flagg II, physics, West Virginia University - Combined Coherent Manipulation and Single-Shot Measurement of an Electron Spin;

Nathaniel M. Gabor, physics, University of California, Riverside - Hot Electron Optoelectronics of Atomic Layer Heterostructures;

Eilat Glikman, astronomy, Middlebury College - Understanding the Role of Quasar Feedback in Galaxy Evolution Across Luminosities and Redshifts;

Kamil Godula, chemistry, University of California, San Diego - Harnessing the Mechanobiology of the Glycocalyx to Influence Stem Cell Specification;

Amanda E. Hargrove, chemistry, Duke University - Harnessing Small Molecule Receptors to Identify Patterns in RNA Structure and Implement a Course-Based Interdisciplinary Research Experience;

Minsu Kim, physics, Emory University - Quantitatively Characterizing the Effects of Slow Physiological Changes on Phenotypic Switching in Bacteria;

Kirill S. Korolev, physics, Boston University - Chiral Pattern Formation and the Benefits of Chirality;

Michelle L. Kovarik, chemistry, Trinity College - Biological Noisiness of Reactive Oxygen Species in Dictyostelium Discoideum;

Daniel Lambrecht, chemistry, University of Pittsburgh - Bridging Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Intuition to Characterize, Understand and Design New Chemical Sensor Materials;

Mariangela Lisanti, physics, Princeton University - Confronting the Dark Matter Paradigm: New Approaches for Direct and Indirect Detection;

Tyler Luchko, physics, California State University, Northridge - Modeling Complex Solvents at Molecular Interfaces: Extracting Information and Improving Accuracy;

Kathryn D. Mouzakis, chemistry, Fort Lewis College - Structural Basis of -1 Programmed Ribosomal Frameshifting in Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Type I;

James R. Neilson, chemistry, Colorado State University - Materials Design Principles for Effective Light-Induced Charge Separation in Revolutionary Photovoltaics;

Monika Schleier-Smith, physics, Stanford University - Seeking Quantum Limits with Cold Atoms and Light: from Sensing and Control to Scrambling;

Natalia B. Shustova, chemistry, University of South Carolina - Photophysics of Hybrid Hierarchical Structures with Emphasis on Directional Energy Transfer;

Yogesh Surendranath, chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Bridging Heterogeneous and Molecular Electrocatalysis: Inner-Sphere Electron Transfer at Graphite-Conjugated Molecular Active Sites;

Timothy A. Wencewicz, chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis  -  Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Strained Beta-Lactones;

Adam P. Willard, chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Simulating the Effects of Nanoscale Disorder on Energy Transport in Molecular Semiconductors;

Amanda L. Wolfe, chemistry, University of North Carolina at Asheville - Improving Antibacterial Drug Discovery through Mixed Microbial Culture and Synthetic Organic Chemistry;

Yan Xia, chemistry, Stanford University - Conjugated Ladder Molecules and Polymers Containing Antiaromaticity Enabled by Efficient Catalytic Annulation.

 

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