Faculty Recognition

Fengzhu Sun, professor of quantitative and computational biology and mathematics, has been conferred the distinguished title of 2024 Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology. The prestigious accolade recognizes outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. Sun was honored for his contributions in advancing the frontier of biological and biomedical sciences through the ingenious use of probability and statistical methodologies, most notably for his work elucidating the intricate realms of protein interaction networks and metagenomics.

Faculty Recognition

Moh El-Naggar, divisional dean for the physical sciences and mathematics, Dean’s Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and professor of physics and astronomy and chemistry, and Eric Webb, professor of biological sciences and environmental studies, have been elected Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Faculty Recognition

Kelly Luo, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was elected to the executive committee of the American Physical Society Forum on Early Career Scientists. The forum provides support and mentorship to post-doctoral fellows as they navigate through the early stages of their career and helps them increase inclusion and participation in the activities and decision-making of the physics community worldwide.

Faculty Recognition

Greta Panova, Gabilan Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering and professor of mathematics, has been awarded the 2024–2025 AMS Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars. This prestigious fellowship is dedicated to exceptionally talented women in mathematics, recognizing their achievements and potential for significant future contributions to their field. The fellowship provides support and addresses underrepresentation of women at the highest levels of research in mathematics.

Faculty Recognition

Juhi Jang, professor of mathematics, has received a Frontiers of Science Award at the inaugural International Congress of Basic Science held this past July in Beijing. The award recognizes her paper “Expanding large global solutions of the equations of compressible fluid mechanics,” co-authored with Mahir Hadžić of King’s College London and published in Inventiones mathematicae in 2018. Frontiers of Science Awards honor “top research, with an emphasis on achievements from the past five years which are both excellent and of outstanding scholarly value.”

Faculty Recognition

John Platt, professor of Earth sciences, has been selected to receive the 2023 Career Contribution Award from the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Society of America. The award goes to an individual who has made numerous distinguished contributions that have advanced the science of structural geology or tectonics throughout their career.

Faculty Recognition

Michael Inkpen, assistant professor of chemistry, has earned a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. The award, which supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization, includes nearly $670,000 over five years in support of his project “A Building Block Approach to Study Charge Transport: From Single-Molecule to Bulk.”

Faculty Recognition

David Hutchins, George and Louise Kawamoto Chair in Biological Sciences and professor of biological sciences, has received the John H. Martin Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). The yearly award recognizes one paper that has contributed to shifts in research focus and interpretations of previous observations. Hutchins’ paper, “Iron-limited diatom growth and Si:N uptake ratios in a coastal upwelling regime,” co-authored with Kenneth Bruland of the University of California, Santa Cruz, highlights how iron availability shapes marine coastal plankton communities. The paper will be recognized at the ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting in June.

Faculty Recognition

Derrick Morton, assistant professor of biological sciences, has received a 2023 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowship recognizes Morton as one of the most promising scientific researchers in the U.S. and Canada, and provides $75,000 in research support over two years.

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