Awards & Honors - July 11

 Sarah Demers wins DOE Early Career Research Award

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Sarah Demers, assistant professor of physics, a 2011 Early Career Research Award.

The five-year awards are meant to support “exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.” The DOE handed out 65 awards to scientists from universities and laboratories across the country from an application pool of 1,150.

Funded projects fall under one of the DOE Office of Science’s six major program offices, including Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics.

Demers’ research involves high energy physics and focuses on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland. Demers and other scientists around the world are using the ATLAS detector to search for the Higgs boson, a hypothetical particle that would explain the origins of mass.

Demers joined the Yale faculty in 2009.

Edward Zigler wins CASEL Award for lifetime achievement

Edward F. Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology and director emeritus of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, has been awarded a Joseph E. Zins Award by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Zigler’s award was for Lifetime Achievement for Action Research in Social and Emotional Learning.

CASEL is an organization devoted to promoting the success of children in school and life. This was the first Zins Award for Lifetime Achievement. The awards are made “to recognize the recipients’ outstanding work as researchers and scholars and their dedication to improving the lives of children.”

Doctoral student selected to receive FTE fellowship

Jennifer Leath, a doctoral student in religious studies, has been selected to receive a 2011 Fund for Theological Education (FTE) dissertation fellowship. Leath will receive a stipend of up to $20,000.

FTE is an ecumenical organization that advocates for excellence and diversity in pastoral ministry and theological scholarship. It supports doctoral students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups who plan to teach religion, theology or biblical studies at theological schools and universities. FTE fosters diversity in the academy by identifying talented racial/ethnic doctoral students, accelerating their successful completion of Ph.D. degree programs, and providing financial support and professional development opportunities.

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Nineteen named to ECAC hockey All-Academic team

The Yale women’s ice hockey team had 19 student-athletes named to the 2010-2011 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.

Players are eligible for the team if they earned a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or have an average GPA of 3.00 over the past three semesters.

The players are: Erin Callahan, Jenna Ciotti, Lauren Davis, Paige Decker, Emily DesMeules, Heather Grant, Aleca Hughes, Bray Ketchum, Genny Ladiges, Jennifer Lawrence, Samantha MacLean, Patricia McGauley, Jen Matichuk, Danielle Moncion, Lili Rudis, Jackee Snikeris, Tara Tomimoto, Natalie Wedell and Alyssa Zupon.

Geology professor is a Blavatnik Young Scientist finalist

Jun Korenaga, professor of geology and geophysics, has been named a finalist in the New York Academy of Sciences 2011 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists competition.

The award, given by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, recognizes “highly impactful, innovative and interdisciplinary accomplishments in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.”

The seven faculty finalists were selected by a jury of 58 leading scientists out of a pool of 130 nominees. Faculty finalists receive up to $25,000 in unrestricted funds for research. Korenaga’s research focuses on terrestrial magmatism, mantle convection, and the thermal and chemical evolution of the Earth. He has previously won a Kavli Frontiers Fellowship and a Microsoft A. Richard Newton Breakthrough Award.

The Blavatnik award winners will be announced and all finalists honored at the academy’s eighth annual Science & the City Gala on Nov. 14.

Chemistry postdoctoral associate wins research fellowship

The Alexander van Humboldt Foundation has awarded a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship to Ulrich Hintermair, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemistry.

Hintermair, who also has a background in chemical engineering, was educated in Germany, France and the U.K. The fellowship, which is meant to support long-term research projects for young German scholars traveling abroad, will allow Hintermair to spend one to two years at Yale, where he will work with Robert Crabtree, the Conkey P. Whitehead Professor of Chemistry.

Hintermair’s research focuses on metal complexes that act as catalysts in selective oxidation reactions. These transformations are a key issue in alternative energy carriers and in upgrading simple molecules derived from natural sources. During his doctoral research, Hintermair worked to develop novel processes that allow more efficient production of complex molecules. In 2010 he also received the European Young Chemist Award for his work.

The Humboldt Foundation awards up to 150 Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships annually to scholars from all disciplines.

Pediatrics researcher is named a Macy Faculty Scholar

Dr. Eve Colson, associate professor of pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine, has been named a Macy Faculty Scholar by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

The award provides $100,000 in salary support each year for two years, and is given to up to five American health professional education faculty each year. To qualify, scholars must be nominated by the dean of their institutions, who must commit to protecting at least 50% of the Scholars’ time to pursue education reform projects. Each school may only nominate one candidate each year.

The program aims to accelerate reforms in education for health professionals and to accommodate the dramatic changes occurring in healthcare. Colson and four others are the first to receive the designation since the program was launched in December 2010.

Colson’s research interests include health-related behaviors, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, smoking, and qualitative research in general pediatrics. Her current projects include the National Institute of Health-funded National Infant Sleep Position Study and a local study to better understand the phenomenon of post-pregnancy smoking.

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