Sloan Foundation names four from U-M as 2018 fellows


Four University of Michigan researchers have been named 2018 Sloan Research Fellows, a group of 126 early-career scholars recognized by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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The recipients receive a two-year, $65,000 fellowship to support their research.

“The Sloan Research Fellows represent the very best science has to offer,” said Sloan President Adam Falk. “The brightest minds, tackling the hardest problems, and succeeding brilliantly — fellows are quite literally the future of 21st century science.”

Andrew Ault

Josie Clowney

jia Deng

Ada Eban-Rothschild

Drawn this year from 53 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, the 2018 Sloan Research Fellows represent a diverse array of institutions and backgrounds.

U-M’s 2018 fellows are:

• Andrew Ault, assistant professor of environmental health sciences, School of Public Health; and chemistry, LSA.

• Josie Clowney, assistant professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, LSA.

• Jia Deng, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, College of Engineering.

• Ada Eban-Rothschild, assistant professor of psychology, LSA.

Past Sloan Research Fellows include many towering figures in the history of science, including physicists Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann, and game theorist John Nash. Forty-five fellows have received a Nobel Prize in their respective fields, 16 have won the Fields Medal in mathematics, 69 have received the National Medal of Science, and 17 have won the John Bates Clark Medal in economics.

Open to scholars in eight scientific and technical fields — chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics— the Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded in close coordination with the scientific community.

Candidates must be nominated by their fellow scientists and winning fellows are selected by an independent panel of senior scholars in their field on the basis of a candidate’s research accomplishments, creativity and potential to become a leader in his or her field.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit, grant-making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-president and chief executive officer of General Motors Corp., the foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economics.


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