Pincelli Hull and Timothy Newhouse awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

Timothy Newhouse, an assistant professor of chemistry, and Pincelli Hull, an assistant professor of geology and geophysics, are among 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers who were awarded a $60,000 Sloan Research Fellowship to advance their work.

The fellowship program honors early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars — part of the next generation of scientific leaders. The fellowships are awarded in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.

Fellow scientists nominate candidates for the Sloan Research Fellowships, and the winners are selected by an independent panel of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate’s independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become a leader in his or her field.

Hull said the fellowship is a “great honor” for her and her research group.

“The funds provided by the fellowship will enable my group to explore new, high-risk lines of research for understanding the evolution of ocean ecosystems,” Hull said. “Our research is aimed at untangling the feedbacks between the environment and life across intervals of profound change, like mass extinctions and global warming events, and in climate states like the one we are rapidly approaching. The Sloan Research Fellowship will support our efforts to combine tools and ideas from across fields like geochemistry, ecology, and paleontology to understand our past and future oceans.”

Newhouse’s research in organic chemistry focuses on the laboratory synthesis of chemical frameworks that are known to elicit powerful neurological effects.

“The spectrum of mental health conditions impairs individuals and society at large because of insufficient treatment options that address symptoms instead of underlying causes of neurological disease,” Newhouse said. “Researchers in my group bring rigorous organic chemistry training to a number of related scientific agendas: developing methods and basic science techniques in chemical synthesis, applying these methods to building and modifying naturally occurring compounds that diminish harmful free radicals, and inventing approaches to utilize these compounds to understand neurological processes. The Sloan Research Fellowship recognizes not only the vision of independent researchers, but also the passion, collaboration, and daily effort of the entire team.”

Previous Sloan Research Fellows include the renowned physicists Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Man, and game theorist John Nash. Since the program began in 1955, 43 fellows have received a Nobel Prize in their respective field, 16 have won the Fields Medal in mathematics, 69 have received the National Medal of Science, and 16 have won the John Bates Clark Medal in economics, including every winner since 2007.

For a complete list of winners, visit the website.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit, grant-making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-president and chief executive officer of the General Motors Corporation, the foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics.