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Congrats to Ke Xu for Receiving a Heising-Simons Faculty Fellowship

The Heising-Simons Faculty Fellows Program catalyzes scientific discovery by investing in high-risk, high-reward research directions. The Program supports exceptional faculty working on topics in a diverse set of fields, including astronomy, physics, geology and geophysics, materials sciences (in both physics and engineering), and physical and materials chemistry. Program awards will focus on creative and novel approaches that promise to lead to important scientific breakthroughs contributing to a greater understanding of the universe and its components, from the molecular and atomic to the geological and planetary scales, among other areas. Awards also fund the development of new tools, techniques and measurements that help probe these physical phenomena in new ways.

The Heising-Simons Faculty Fellows awards will be made to two UC Berkeley faculty members each year. Each $1M faculty award will be distributed over a period of five years. All early- and mid-career UC Berkeley faculty regardless of their home department are eligible to apply.

Prof. Xu’s project is “Single-Molecule Electrophoresis Microscopy”.

Congrats to Markus Raschke for Receiving a Research Collaboration Award from the University of Bayreuth Centre of International Excellence

Markus Raschke received an award from the University of Bayreuth Centre of International Excellence to foster collaborations. The project is titled “Pico-cavity QED.”  The goal of this project between the Raschke group at the University of Colorado and the Lippitz group (Experimental Physics III) at the University of Bayreuth is to develop quantum-coherent systems operating at room temperature, taking advantage of recent developments in both groups of pico-cavity quantum electrodynamics (cQED) in tip-enhanced strong coupling and with plasmonic nanostructures. Congratulations, Markus!

Congrats to Colum O’Leary for Receiving a Poster Award at the 2023 Molecular Foundry User Meeting

Dr. Colum O’Leary received a poster award at the annual Molecular Foundry User Meeting at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Colum’s poster was titled, “Visualizing embedded interfaces on the nanoscale via multislice electron ptychography”.

Congrats to Jessica Ramella-Roman for Being Named an AIMBE Fellow

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Jessica C. Ramella-Roman, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Florida International University to its College of Fellows. Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers. College membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering and medicine research, practice, or education” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education.” Dr. Ramella-Roman was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows “for outstanding contributions to the fields of biomedical optics and biophotonics.”

Congrats to Livia Belman-Wells for Receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. GRFP seeks to broaden participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. The five-year fellowship provides three years of financial support inclusive of an annual stipend of $37,000.

Congrats to Vivian Wall for Receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. GRFP seeks to broaden participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. The five-year fellowship provides three years of financial support inclusive of an annual stipend of $37,000.

Congrats to Stephanie Hart for Receiving a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Stephanie Hart has been awarded the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship for her project titled, “Nanoscale imaging of ultrafast energy flow in photosynthetic architectures.” The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences or Chemical Instrumentation Award Program supports advanced research by postdoctoral scholars within the core areas of fundamental chemistry or the development and build of chemical instrumentation. Congratulations, Stephanie!

Congrats to Ahyoung Kim for Receiving a Schmidt Science Fellowship

Eric and Wendy Schmidt have announced the Schmidt Science Fellows for 2023. This year’s cohort of 32 Fellows are all recent PhD’s who’ve been identified as some of the most outstanding early-career scientists in the world.

The Schmidt Science Fellows was the first program supported by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative co-founded by former Google CEO and Chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy, President of the Schmidt Family Foundation. The current class is the sixth cohort in the program, which is fully funded by Schmidt Futures and delivered in a partnership with the Rhodes Trust.

Considered one of the most prestigious scientific postdoctoral awards in the world, Schmidt Science Fellows are awarded support for either one or two years in a field of study that pivots from their Ph.D concentration. In addition to an annual stipend of $100,000, they receive individualized mentoring and participation in the program’s Global Meeting Series, which provides training, introductions to new concepts, visits to leading interdisciplinary scientific centers, and opportunities to engage with thought-leaders from science, business, policy, and society.

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