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Four Professors Named Sloan Fellows

Faculty highlighted as rising stars in their fields of research

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February 23, 2016 | by Fritz T. Burgher

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Four Northwestern University professors -- T. David Harris, Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy, Mar Reguant and James Rondinelli -- have each received a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship for 2016 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The $55,000 fellowships are awarded in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics.

Harris, Kozorovitskiy, Reguant and Rondinelli are among 126 outstanding early-career scientists and scholars being recognized for their achievements and potential to contribute substantially to their fields. The recipients were chosen from 52 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Harris was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry. He is an assistant professor of chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Harris’ research program is dedicated to utilizing synthetic inorganic chemistry for the construction of functional inorganic molecules and materials, with an emphasis on compounds that exhibit interesting magnetic properties.

Kozorovitskiy, an assistant professor of neurobiology in Weinberg, was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience. She studies how the brain’s neural circuitry develops. Her research focuses on decoding neuromodulation and neural circuit design principles. 

Reguant, an assistant professor of economics in Weinberg, was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow in Economics. She works in the area of industrial organization, with a focus on energy and environmental markets. Reguant’s research uses high-frequency data to study the impact of auction design and environmental regulation on electricity markets and to quantify the impact of carbon trading on energy-intensive industries.

Rondinelli was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. He is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. Rondinelli applies quantum mechanical and computational physics approaches to design new materials atom-by-atom. His passion is to manipulate materials at their fundamental electronic level, pushing electrons in inorganic compounds to do new things in  dynamic environments.

The Sloan Research Fellowships have been awarded annually since 1955. Administered and funded by the Sloan Foundation, the fellowships are awarded in close cooperation with the scientific community. Potential fellows must be nominated for recognition by their peers and subsequently are selected by an independent panel of senior scholars.

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