UW-Madison: Four researchers receive prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships

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MADISON — Four University of Wisconsin-Madison professors have been appointed to Sloan Research Fellowships — competitive, prestigious awards given to promising researchers in the early stages of their careers.

“Today’s Sloan Research Fellows represent tomorrow’s scientific leaders,” says Adam F. Falk, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which has awarded the fellowships since 1955. “As impressive young scientists, they are already shaping the research agenda in their respective fields – and their pioneering work will not end there.”

UW-Madisons 2022 Sloan Fellows are Shimon Kolkowitz, Tatyana Shcherbina, Zachary K. Wickens, and Andrew Zimmer.

Kolkowitz, an assistant professor of physics, builds some of the world’s most precise clocks by capturing ultracold strontium atoms — clocks so accurate they could be used to test basic theories of physics and search for dark matter.

Shcherbina, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, works on random matrix theory and its intersections with statistical mechanics and analysis, with a focus on developing the supersymmetry approach to study the local regime of random matrix theory.

Wickens, a Madison native and assistant professor of chemistry, develops new design principles for catalysts and uses them to alter the reactivity of small organic molecules, particularly for use in chemical reactions powered by light energy.

Zimmer, an assistant professor of mathematics, focuses his research on geometric problems in multiple complex variables and on Lie groups, an area of ​​mathematics that includes group theory and linear algebra.

The UW-Madison professors are among 118 researchers from the United States and Canada who were recognized by the New York-based philanthropic foundation. The four new grantees join 110 previously honored UW-Madison researchers.

Each grantee will receive $75,000 in research funding from the Foundation, which awards Sloan research grants in eight scientific and engineering fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, marine science, and physics.

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