The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships and three CAS faculty are among the recipients: Assistant Professor Jennifer Balakrishnan (Mathematics & Statistics), Assistant Professor Anushya Chandran (Physics), and Wen Li (Astronomy). Sloan Fellows are early career scholars who have been recognized as among the most promising researchers in their fields. They are among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada. Each Sloan Fellow receives $65,000, which may be spent over a two-year term on any expense supportive of their research.
The Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Jennifer Balakrishnan specializes in number theory. Her research is in algorithmic number theory and arithmetic geometry. She has received support for her work from the Luce Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Simons Foundation. She is also a member of the Simons Collaboration on Arithmetic Geometry, Number Theory, and Computation.
Anushya Chandran is an assistant professor of physics and a condensed matter theorist with a strong interest in quantum many-body theory and non-equilibrium systems. Her research interests include strongly correlated phases of matter, topological order, entanglement in many-body systems, critical dynamics, Floquet dynamics, many-body localization and ultra-fast spectroscopic probes of dynamics. Most recently, she has been working on the description of thermalization and localization in interacting quantum systems and on the dynamics of periodically driven systems.
Assistant Professor of Astronomy Wen Li has research interests in space plasma waves, Earth’s radiation belt physics, solar wind magnetospheric coupling, energetic particle precipitation, and Jupiter’s magnetosphere and aurora. She is also very interested in working with graduate and undergraduate research assistants on various research projects related to space physics.