RESEARCH HONOR: Jian Li receives Blavatnik award for postdoctoral researchers
Jian Li, a postdoctoral researcher in Princeton University's Department of Physics, has won a 2016 Blavatnik Regional Award for young researchers. Li, a condensed matter physicist, was cited for work that has "provided theoretical guidance to experiments that have led to the direct observation of Majorana fermions." Also among the three award winners was William Anderegg, a recent postdoctoral research associate in the Princeton Environmental Institute who is now an assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah. Kuang Yu, a recent Princeton postdoctoral researcher in chemistry now a research scientist at New York-based D.E. Shaw Research, was among six regional finalists. The annual award is presented by the Blavatnik Family Foundation to outstanding postdoctoral scientists in the life sciences, physical sciences and chemistry from institutions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Winners receive $30,000 and finalists $10,000.