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Rising Stars Receive Sloan Fellowships

Three CAS faculty among this year’s recipients

| From Commonwealth | By Amy Sutherland

Tulika Bose (from left), Margaret Beck, and Robinson Fulweiler have been awarded Sloan Fellowships. Bose photo courtesy of Tulika Bose. Beck photo by Kalman Zabarsky. Fulweiler photo by Melody Komyerov

Three College of Arts & Sciences faculty members, Robinson Fulweiler, Margaret Beck, and Tulika Bose, are among the 126 recipients of a 2012 Sloan Re­search Fellowship. The two-year fellow­ships are given to young academic scholars who have demonstrated out­standing achieve­ment in their fields of science, mathematics, economics, or com­puter science. This year, the fellowships were expanded to include ocean sciences. Each winner receives $50,000.

“These fellowships acknowledge the out­standing scientific accomplishments of our early-career scientists and schol­ars and are a great honor for Bos­ton University,” says Virginia Sapiro, dean of Arts & Sciences.

Fulweiler, an assistant professor with a joint appoint­ment in earth sci­ences and biology, is associate director of the BU Marine Program and runs the Fulweiler Laboratory, which focuses on bio­geochemistry and ecosystem ecology.

Her research in­cludes how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has affected the Louisiana wet­lands along the Gulf of Mexico, as well as how humans and climate change are impacting coastal erosion at various locations in New England.

She plans to use her fellowship award to hire another graduate assistant and to buy equipment for her lab to study the DNA of bacteria found in these different areas.

Beck (GRS’06), an assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, studies partial differential equations, which are used to mathematically model a wide array of phenomena.

She plans to use her award to pay for travel expenses to visit with collaborators around the coun­try and in England.

Bose, an assistant professor of physics, has been working since last fall in Switzerland at the Large Hadron Collider, located outside Geneva. An experimental particle physicist, she is among a number of physicists at the world’s largest collider, many from BU, pursuing funda­mental questions about how the world is constructed. Her research examines how particles gain mass and why some are heavier than others. She will use her fellowship to help fund travel expenses to Geneva during the next year.

Past recipients of Sloan Research Fel­lowships have gone on to win a total of 38 Nobel Prizes.

The fellowships are granted by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which was founded in 1934 to support research in science, technology, and economics.

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