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DATE: November 12, 2018


151 Young Scientists to Participate in 2018 Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposia of the National Academy of Sciences

Washington – The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) selected 151 of the nation's brightest young scientists from industry, academia, and government to participate in the 2018 U.S. and international Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia of the NAS. These three-day events brought together scientists who are 45 or younger to engage in exceptional research in a variety of disciplines. A committee of NAS members selected the participants from among young researchers who have already made recognized contributions to science. Attendees of the symposia receive the designation of Kavli Fellow.

The Frontiers of Science symposium series provides a forum for the future leaders in U.S. science to share ideas across disciplines and to build contacts and networks as they advance in their careers. More than 5,200 young scientists have participated since the program’s founding in 1989; to date, 257 participants have been elected to the NAS and 13 have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

This year, the National Academy of Sciences held two Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia. The U.S. symposium, which was held Feb. 15-17 in Irvine, Calif., included sessions on the 3D genome, bio-interfaces, green chemistry, humans and pathogens, materials by design, ocean anoxia and the search for life. A complete symposium program with videos of presentations may be found at www.nasonline.org/uskfos2018.

The following scientists were selected to participate:

Susanne Ahmari, University of Pittsburgh
Erez Aiden, Baylor College of Medicine
Trisha Andrew, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Giada Arney, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Sara Aton, University of Michigan
Luis Barreiro, University of Montreal
Fabienne Bastien, Pennsylvania State University
Anindita (Oni) Basu, University of Chicago
Aaron Batista, University of Pittsburgh
Kristin Bergmann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Gurtina Besla, University of Arizona
Alistair Boettiger, Stanford University
Heather Buckley, University of Victoria
Jennifer Buher-Kane, University of California, Irvine
Saida Caballero-Nieves, Florida Institute of Technology
Edward Chang, University of California, San Francisco
Lydia Chilton, Columbia University
Jiun-Haw Chu, University of Washington
Ellen Currano, University of Wyoming
Anne Dekas, Stanford University
Wulan Deng, HHMI, University of California, Berkeley
Shawn Domagal-Goldman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Guangbin Dong, University of Chicago
Joshua Drew, Columbia University
Nels Elde, University of Utah
Dawn Erb, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Catherine Espaillat, Boston University
Jackie Faherty, American Museum of Natural History
Ben Feldman, Stanford University
Amy Finn, University of Toronto
Danna Freedman, Northwestern University
Marco Gallio, Northwestern University
Naomi Ginsberg, University of California at Berkeley
Jennifer Glass, Georgia Institute of Technology
Andrea Graham, Princeton University
Anna Grassellino, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Emanuel Gull, University of Michigan
Michael Halassa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
John Harter, University of California Santa Barbara
Pinshane Huang, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Eric Hudson, University of California, Los Angeles

Kami Hull, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Brittany Kamai, California Institute of Technology
Leif Karlstrom, University of Oregon
David Kong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chang Liu, University of California, Irvine
Jarrod McClean, Google
Houra Merrikh, University of Washington
Katja Meyer, Willamette University
Sarah Minson, U.S. Geological Survey
Martin Mulvihill, UC Berkeley
Sarah Myhre, University of Washington
Beth Orcutt, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Joseph Parker, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Alex Parker, Southwest Research Institute
George Perry, Pennsylvania State University
Kristin Persson, University of California, Berkeley
Jennifer Phillips-Cremins, University of Pennsylvania
Anne Marie Piper, Northwestern University
Jesse Rissman, University of California, Los Angeles
James Rondinelli, Northwestern University
Kate Ross, Colorado State University
Britney Schmidt, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jennifer Schomaker, University of Wisconsin
Guglielmo Scovazzi, Duke University
Maryam Shanechi, University of Southern California - Los Angeles
Sandeep Sharma, University of Colorado, Boulder
Jonathan (Josh) Sharp, Colorado School of Mines
Sarah Slavoff, Yale University
Erik Sperling, Stanford University
Helene Steiner, Microsoft Research, UK
Frank Stewart, Georgia Institute of Technology
Edwin Stoudenmire, Flatiron Institute
Yogesh Surendranath, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Krysta Svore, Microsoft
Kai Tan, University of Pennsylvania
Chuanbing Tang, University of South Carolina
Jenny Tung, Duke University
Bradley Voytek, University of California, San Diego
Lucas Wagner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John Yeager, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Eda Yildirim, Duke University School of Medicine

The Chinese-American symposium, which took place October 19-21 in Nanjing, China, was co-organized by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the NAS. Sessions focused on carbon monitoring, chiral science, deep learning, environmental DNA in the ocean, gravitational waves and neutron stars, neuroprosthetics, single cell analysis and topological states of matter. A complete symposium progra/m may be found at www.nasonline.org/cakfos2019.

The following U.S. scientists were selected to participate:

Alicia Alonzo, Michigan State University
Sliman Bemsmaia, University of Chicago
Noah Burns, Stanford University
Chunmei Cao, Capital Institute of Pediatrics
Kyle Cranmer, New York University
He Cui, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Shane Davis, University of Virginia
Anni Djurhuus, University of South Florida
Haifeng Du, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Pengfei Duan, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology
Peng Fang, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology
Lin Gao, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Adrianna Gillman, University of Colorado Boulder
Ki Goosens, Massachusetts General Hospital
Katalin Gothard, The University of Arizona
Guoji Guo, Zhejiang University
Kari L. Hoffman, Vanderbilt University
Yanping Huang, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Min Hui, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Li Ji, Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Wen Ji, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Chichuan Jin, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Erin Kara, University of Maryland / NASA GSFC
Ryan Kelly, University of Washington
Gretchen Keppel-Aleks, University of Michigan
Ahmad Khalil, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Ning Lan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Kyle Lancaster, Cornell University
Shannon Lauberth, University of California, San Diego
Emily Levesque, University of Washington
Fadong Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Ang Li, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS
Zhiyong Liu, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Nicole Lovenduski, University of Colorado Boulder
Youjun Lu, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Sanzhong Luo, Tsinghua University
Gabriel Menard, University of California, Santa Barbara
Madhab Neupane, University of Central Florida
James Olsen, Princeton University
Ankit B. Patel, Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University
Bo Peng, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dajun Qiu, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Zilong Qiu, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Gil Refael, California Institute of Technology
Manqi Ruan, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Peter Rudebeck, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Wei Shen, Shanghaitech University
Samantha Siedlecki, University of Connecticut
Anabelle C. Singer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Meng Su, The University of Hong Kong
Abigail Swann, University of Washington
Nathaniel Szymczak, University of Michigan
Qiuhong Tang, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Liang Wan, Tianjin University
Qining Wang, Peking University
Xiaoqun Wang, Institute of Biophysics
Fong Wen-Fai, Northwestern University
Hongming Weng, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Jianfeng Wu, Xiamen University
Bin Wu, Zhejiang University
Weiwei Xu, Zhejiang University
Dongxu Yang, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Meng Yao, Peking University
Aibin Zhan, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Yan Zhang, Peking University
Guofeng Zhang, Zhejiang University
Shou-fei Zhu, Nankai University
Weiwei Zhu, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xuai Zhuang, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

The Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia are sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, with major support provided by The Kavli Foundation. More information is available at www.nasonline.org/kfos.

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