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RCSA Names 24 Cottrell Scholars for 2018

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has named two-dozen top early career academic scientists as 2018 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 President and CEO Daniel Linzer.

Linzer 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 Cottrell Scholar Conference will be held July 11-13 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,” said RCSA Senior Program Director Silvia Ronco. 

This year’s Cottrell Scholars include:

Ashleigh E Baber, chemistry, James Madison University, Role of Surface Modifications on the Selectivity of Titania/Gold Inverse Model Catalysts

Louise Charkoudian, chemistry, Haverford College, Capturing Transient Interactions of Biosynthetic Proteins to Access New Chemical Diversity

Nathaniel Craig, physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, New Approaches to the Hierarchy Problem and Undergraduate Education

Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere, astronomy, Northwestern University, The Physics, Observational Signatures, and Consequences of Galactic Winds Driven by Active Galactic Nuclei

Jarrod B. French, chemistry, SUNY - Stony Brook University, Structural Dynamics of Photoactive Proteins, and Crowdsourcing Structural Biology

John G. Gibbs, physics, Northern Arizona University, Investigating Shape-Dependent Emergent Collective Behavior in Artificial Active Matter Systems

Hayk Harutyunyan, physics, Emory University, Generation and Dynamics of Hot Electrons in Metal-semiconductor Hybrid Nanosystems

A. Meredith Hughes, astronomy, Wesleyan University, The Last Gasp of Planet Formation: Gas and Dust in Debris Disks

Evan N. Kirby, astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Heavy Metal: Identifying the Sites of Nucleosynthesis

Tim Kowalczyk, chemistry, Western Washington University, Mechanism and Computational Design of Energy Storage and Release in Molecular Photoswitches

Garret M. Miyake, chemistry, Colorado State University, Design Principles of Strongly Reducing Visible-Light Organic Photoredox Catalysts

Kater Murch, physics, Washington University in St. Louis, Exploring Thermodynamics of Single Quantum Systems with Continuous Measurement

Kerstin Nordstrom, physics, Mount Holyoke College, Flow in Amorphous Systems: Understanding Dynamics Across Scales

Stella Offner, astronomy, University of Texas at Austin, Unveiling the Life Cycle of Stars through Cosmic Time and Enhancing Inclusivity in Astronomy

Federico A. Rabuffetti, chemistry, Wayne State University, Crystallochemical Principles of Energy Management in Solid-State Photoluminescent Materials

Chad M. Risko, chemistry, University of Kentucky, High Energy Density Metal Oxides for Energy Storage: In silico Electrochemistry to Control Interface Chemistry

Sean T. Roberts, chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, Tracking Singlet Fission with Ultrafast Time-resolved Microscopy and A Focused Research Experience for Community College Students

Eduardo Rozo, physics, University of Arizona, Shining a Light on the Dark Energy

Lisa M. Ryno, chemistry, Oberlin College, Investigating the Impact of fliA Overexpression on the Formation and Composition of E. coli Biofilms at Different Temperatures

Alexander M. Spokoyny, chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, Atomically-Precise Nanomaterials Based on Inorganic Clusters

Grace Y. Stokes, chemistry, Santa Clara University, Thermodynamic Studies of Peptoid-Lipid Interactions

Brett VanVeller, chemistry, Iowa State University, Surfing the Excited-state Energy Surface towards New Photo Reaction Strategies

Abigail G. Vieregg, physics, University of Chicago, An Interferometric Technique for Discovering the Highest Energy Neutrinos

Luisa L. Whittaker-Brooks, chemistry, University of Utah, Manipulating Spin and Charge Transport Dynamics in Organic-Inorganic Interfaces and Addressing the Disparity between General Chemistry and Reality



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