Brangwynne and Priestley Awarded Sloan Research Fellowships
Rodney D. Priestley and Clifford P. Brangwynne, both Assistant Professors of Chemical and Biological Engineering, have been named 2014 Sloan Fellows: Priestley in the field of Chemistry, Brangwynne in Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation established the Fellowships in 1955 to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded “in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field”, and come with a $50,000 unrestricted research grant. As Sloan Fellows, Priestley will pursue novel nanoscale studies, processing, and discovery in glassy polymers, while Brangwynne will study ribonucleoprotein bodies, particularly the nucleolus, and their function in cell growth control. For additional information, see the Sloan Foundation website for .pdf versions of both a press release, and the full-page announcement which appeared February 18 in the New York Times (page A9).