College of Arts & Sciences


Famed Faculty

By Andrew Thurston, Illustrations by Peter Arkle

Why we’re on this planet—and how we can stay here. Five College of Arts & Sciences faculty members are using career development awards to advance research on the origins of the universe and the preservation of delicate ecosystems.

Margaret Beck (GRS’06)

Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics

“I study mathematical equations that are dependent on more than one variable, for example, both time and space. These are known as partial differential equations. My motivation is to develop rigorous theory at the boundary of what is currently possible.”

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Tulika Bose

Assistant Professor of Physics

“My research explores the frontier of elementary particle physics at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland. I am a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid collaboration that uses a state-of-the-art detector to solve some of the biggest mysteries facing particle physics today: what gives particles their mass, the nature of the dark matter making up 20 percent of the mass of the universe, and the dominance of matter over antimatter in the universe—the very reason we are here.”

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Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler

Assistant Professor of Earth & Environment and Biology

“I want to do science that helps us understand coastal systems so that we can protect and restore them, if we need to. All coastal systems are threatened by humans . . . Wherever there are humans, there are nutrients, and nutrients are really important, but too much of them causes a series of negative effects; we need to keep that in mind and figure out ways that we can reduce our nitrogen footprint.”

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Lucy Hutyra

Assistant Professor of Earth & Environment

“There is a pressing need for science to inform the development of policies that enhance core ecosystem services—air and water purification, carbon and nitrogen sequestration, food and energy production—while supporting a growing and increasingly urban human population.”

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Pamela Templer

Associate Professor of Biology

“Research conducted in my lab examines the effects of human activities on forest health, water and air quality, and the ability of forests to store nitrogen and carbon, as well as mitigate climate change. One major current focus in my lab is how winter climate affects trees, microbes, and insects in northeast forests. The NSF CAREER award will allow my lab to examine how changes in climate in both winter and the growing season interact to affect forests.”

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