In the News: 2016-2017
Below is a list of our Miller members who have recently received awards or who have been highlighted in the media. Also, the Miller Newsletters is another way to find out what is currently happening in our Miller Community.
Congratulations to 2017 Sloan Research Fellows:
- Steven Sam (Miller Fellow 2012 - 2015) - for his promising scientific research in Mathematics.
- Xie Chen (Miller Fellow 2012 - 2014) - for a promising scientific research in Theoretical Physics.
Two Miller Members are among the 47 new investigators chosen by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to receive up to $1.5 million each over the next five years to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research:
- Yun Song (Miller Professor Spring 2014) to derive novel mathematical formulas and new analytical techniques for inferring demographic history from population genetic data and for increasing the power of genome-wide natural selection scans.
- Jill Banfield (Miller Professor 2006 - 2007) - to explore the medical, industrial and ecological significance of newly found microorganisms.
Jennifer Doudna (Miller Senior Fellow 2017) has been awarded Japan Prize for invention of CRISPR gene editing.
Norman Yao (Miller Fellow 2014 - 2017) unveils new form of matter: time crystals.
Paul Alivisatos (Miller Professor 2001 - 2002),
a chemist and nanotechnology pioneer named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society and support and enhancement of innovation.
Jiaxing Huang (Miller Fellow 2004 - 2007)
has been elected a recipient of Humboldt Research Award in recognition of lifetime achievements in materials chemistry, processing and manufacturing.
David Milstein (Visiting Miller Professor 2006) has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Eni Award for his research into innovative, efficient and environmentally-compatible catalytic reactions.
Gabor Somorjai (Miller Professor 1977 - 1978, Miller Senior Fellow 2009 - 2014) wins prestigious 2016 Richards Medal.
Omar Yaghi (Visiting Miller Professor 2009) won Turkish Science Prize in the category of basic and engineering sciences, in recognition of his work in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).
Three Former Miller Members among 2016 AAAS Fellows Honored for Advancing Science to Serve Society:
- Mary Kay Gaillard (Miller Professor 1987 - 1988, 1996) recognized for her scientifically distinguished achievements in particle physics.
- Jonathan Feng (Miller Fellow 1995 - 1997) honored for his contributions in theoretical particle physics, astroparticle physics, and cosmology.
- Mark Kirkpatrick (Miller Fellow 1983 -1985, Visiting Miller Professor 2009) recognized for his scientific achievements in biological sciences.
Congratulations to 2016-2017 Bakar Fellows:
- Kathy Collins (Miller Professor 2011) - for her research "New Reverse Transcriptase Technologies: Tools for Diagnosis and Health Status."
- Jeffrey Long (Miller Professor 2011) - for scientific research "Development of Solid Adsorbents for Low-Cost Carbon Capture: Chemical Cooperativity in Action."
Two Early Career Awards To Thi (Kelly) Nguyen (Miller Fellow 2016 - 2019):
- The Genes Early Career Research Award for significant contributions to the understanding of the molecular mechanism of pre-messenger RNA splicing.
- The 2016 RNA Society Scaringe Young Scientist Award for a significant contribution to the RNA field with her previous work in Cambridge, UK.
Three Miller Members Share $1.7 Million from the Federal Government’s BRAIN Initiative:
- Marla Feller (Miller Fellow 1994 - 1996) - to develop a high-speed volumetric multiphoton microscope for the study of developing neural circuits in the retina.
- Mikhail Shapiro (Miller Fellow 2011 - 2013) - to study molecular functional ultrasound for non-invasive imaging and image-guided recording and modulation of neural activity.
- Ehud Isacoff (Miller Professor 2013) - to develop novel tools for cell-specific imaging of functional connectivity and circuit operations.
Marvin Cohen (Miller Professor 1969 - 1970, 1976 - 1977, 1988)
to receive 2017 Franklin Medal "for making possible atomic-scale calculations of the properties of materials so detailed that new materials and their mechanical, thermal, electrical and optical properties can be predicted in agreement with experiments."
Marla Feller (Miller Fellow 1994 - 1996)
shares $1.7 million from the federal government’s BRAIN initiative to develop a high-speed volumetric multiphoton microscope for the study of developing neural circuits in the retina.
Bin Yu (Miller Professor 2004, 2016 - 2017) was featured on the Women in Machine Learning website.
Two Miller Fellows Awarded the 2016 Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering:
- Greg Bowman (Miller Fellow 2011 - 2014) - for developing computer algorithms for building maps of the different shapes a protein adopts and exploits insights from these models to re-engineer proteins.
- Mikhail Shapiro (Miller Fellow 2011 - 2013) - for developing a technology that could facilitate the study of cellular function in living animals and aid the development of cellular diagnostics and therapies.
Alejandro Rico Guevara (Incoming Miller Fellow 2017 - 2020)
is featured among other scientists in a new PBS documentary, Super Hummingbirds.
Randy Schekman (Miller Senior Fellow 2008 - 2013)
was featured in the California Magazine, "Nobelist Randy Schekman Is Not Resting on His Laurels."
Nicolas Mathevon (Visiting Miller Professor 2008)
was named Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) for the period 2016- 2021. Research by Nicolas Mathevon is about acoustic communication in vertebrates and understanding of the links between social constraints and changing communication process.
Erick Matsen (Miller Fellow 2007 - 2010)
is one of 2016 inaugural crop of Faculty Scholars, early-career scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field, announced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Sarah Keller (Somorjai Visiting Miller Professor 2016)
will receive the 2017 Avanti Award from the Biophysical Society for "outstanding contributions to our understanding of lipid biophysics".
Maryam Modjaz (Miller Fellow 2007 - 2010)
was recently featured in an Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Launch ad. She confirms that all the equations shown on the board are accurate.
Alejandro Rico Guevara (Incoming Miller Fellow 2017 - 2020)
is a winner of the National Awards Alejandro Ángel Escobar in Sciences and Solidarity 2016 for his research in morphology and function of the drinking apparatus in hummingbirds.
Richard Henderson (Visiting Miller Professor 1993)
is awarded the Copley Medal 2016 in recognition of his fundamental and revolutionary contributions to the development of electron microscopy of biological materials, enabling their atomic structures to be deduced.
Gibor Basri (Miller Professor 1997 - 1998) wins Sagan Prize. Astronomer honored for contributions to his field.
Congratulations to the 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Award Recipients:
- Stephen Leone (Visiting Miller Professor 1990, Miller Professor 2010, Advisory Board Member 2015 - Current) has received the ACS Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology.
- John E. Bercaw (Visiting Miller Professor 1990) - Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis, sponsored by the Gabor A. & Judith K. Somorjai Endowment Fund
- Bruce J. Berne (Visiting Miller Professor 1994) - Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, sponsored by DuPont.
- John I. Brauman (Advisory Board Member 1993 - 1999) - Charles Lathrop Parsons Award, sponsored by ACS.
- Murugappan Muthukumar (Visiting Miller Professor 1999) - ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry, sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical.
- William B. Tolman (Visiting Miller Professor 1997) - ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, sponsored by Strem Chemicals.