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DATE: December 6, 2022


185 Young Scientists Participate in 2022 Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposia of the National Academy of Sciences

Washington – The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) selected 185 of the nation's brightest young scientists from industry, academia, and government to participate in the 2022 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 these 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 6,200 young scientists have participated since the program’s founding in 1989; to date, 323 participants have been elected to the NAS and 18 have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

This year, the National Academy of Sciences held five Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia.

The U.S. symposium, which was held April 8-10 in Irvine, California, included sessions on beyond human genomics, Covid vaccine development and therapeutic RNA molecules, ethics in solar system exploration, fairness accountability and transparency in machine learning / reproducibility in (data) science, high intensity lasers, misinformation, disinformation, polarization and social media, scientists’ mother tongue: how language shapes our ability to communicate the unknown, un-natural hazards: socio-political construction of risk and resilience.  A complete symposium program with videos of presentations may be found at www.nasonline.org/uskfos2022.

The following scientists were selected to participate:

Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, Columbia University
Victoria Abraira, Rutgers University
Felicie Albert, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Tim Althoff, University of Washington
Gopala Anumanchipalli, University of California, Berkeley
Rebecca Asch, East Carolina University
Lisa R. Beutler, Northwestern University
Arthur Beyder, Mayo Clinic
Diego Bohorquez, Duke University
Samantha Bradshaw, Stanford University
Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb, University of Michigan
Edwin Chan, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Edward Chuong, University of Colorado, Boulder
Richard Coleman, University of Texas, Austin
Scott Coyle, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Cornell University
Franklin Dollar, University of California, Irvine
Darin Edwards, Moderna
Laurent Frantz, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Queen Mary University of London
Matthias Fuchs, University of Nebraska
Cameron Geddes, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Sara Gonzalez, University of Washington, Seattle & Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture
Karl Joseph Haro Von Mogel, University of California, Riverside
Michelle Hastings, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Heide Ibrahim, Institute National de la Recherche Scientifique
Nia Imara, University of California, Santa Cruz
Prashant Jain, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alessandra Jerolleman, Jacksonville State University
Nathan Jessee, Princeton University
Bradford Johnson, Florida State University
Sangjin Kim, University of Illinois at Urban Champaign
Tara Kirk Sell, Johns Hopkins University
Srijan Kumar, Georgia Institute of Technology
Amy Lee, Harvard Medical School
Hojoon Lee, Northwestern University
Wesley Legant, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Anthony Leonardi, Johns Hopkins University
Darren Linvill, Clemson University
Han Liu, Northwestern University
Kristian Lum, University of Pennsylvania
Lindsey Macpherson, University of Texas
Julie Maldonado, University of California, Santa Barbara
Tyler Marghetis, University of California, Merced
Elizabeth Marino, Oregon State University
Kara Marshall, Scripps Research
Emily Martin, University of California, Santa Cruz
Oswaldo Medina Ramirez, University of Florida
Julia Mikhailova, Princeton University
Sarah Minson, U.S. Geological Survey
Sarah Mojarad, University of Southern California
Monica Munoz-Torres, University of Colorado
Jordan Musser, National Energy Technology Laboratory
David Nagib, Ohio State University
Sonya Neal, University of California, San Diego
Erika Nesvold, Universe Sandbox
Ricardo Perez-Truglia, University of California, Berkeley
Emma Pierson, Cornell University
Carlos Portillo-Quintero, Texas Tech University
Amina Schartup, Scripps Institution of Oceanography-University of California San Diego
David Schneider, New York University
Martin Schweinsberg, ESMT Berlin
Yolanda Shea, NASA Langley Research Center
Katie Spellman, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Jina Suh, Microsoft Research: University of Washington
Ashleigh Theberge, University of Washington
Jana U'Ren, The University of Arizona
Berk Ustun, University of California, San Diego
Monica Vidaurri, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Lucianne Walkowicz, Alder Planetarium
Jason Wang, California Institute of Technology
Jonathan Watts, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Jason Williams, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Louise Willingale, University of Michigan
Pinar Zorlutuna, University of Notre Dame

The Chinese-American symposium, which took place July 8-10 in Irvine, California, was co-organized by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the NAS. Sessions focused on autonomous biogeochemical observations in the ocean, battery technologies for high capacity energy storage, black hole imaging with event horizon telescope, gene editing tools for infectious disease / gene and cell therapies, nature of memory / visualizing neural activities, phase separation model for eukaryotic transcription control, the standard model, new physics and Higgs factories, urban data visualization.  A complete symposium program may be found at www.nasonline.org/cakfos2022.

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

Richard Adeyemi, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Juan Alvarez, University of Pennsylvania
Samira Asgari, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Michail Bachtis, University of California, Los Angeles
Daniele Bianchi, University of California Los Angeles
Yujin Bi, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mark Blenner, University of Delaware
Katie Bouman, California Institute of Technology
Danfeng Cai, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Ann Chahroudi, Emory University School of Medicine
Jeff Clune, University of British Columbia
Shane Davis, University of Virginia
Keary Engle, The Scripps Research Institute
Brielle Ferguson, Stanford University
Adrianna Gillman, University of Colorado, Boulder
Ki Goosens, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Juchen Guo, University of California, Riverside
Amanda Hargrove, Duke University
Jeremy Hoskins, University of Chicago
Tiffany Kataria, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Shannon Lauberth, Northwestern University
Bo Li, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Zhen Liu, University of Minnesota
Matthew Lovett-Barron, University of California, San Diego
Shirley Meng, The University of Chicago
Chiara Mingarelli, University of Connecticut
Fabio Miranda, University of Illinois at Chicago
Marc Miskin, University of Pennsylvania
David Nicholson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
James Olsen, Princeton University
Angelique Paulk, Massachusetts General Hospital
Carlos Ponce, Harvard Medical School
Florentine Rutaganira, Stanford University
Benjamin Sabari, UT Southwestern Medical center
Jeff Sakamoto, University of Michigan
Scarlett (Guoli) Shi, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Prerana Shrestha, Stony Brook University
Samantha Siedlecki, University of Connecticut
Annabelle Singer, Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University
Mahdi Soltanolkotabi, University of Southern California
Daniel Suess, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nathaniel Szymczak, University of Michigan
Weiyi Tang, Princeton University
Alexander Tchekhovskoy, Northwestern University
George Wong, Institute for Advanced Study
Huaiying Zhang, Carnegie Mellon University
Shijia Zhu, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

The Indonesian-American symposium, which took place August 1-5 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia was sponsored by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and co-organized by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) and the NAS. Sessions focused on early childhood education and learning, -marine microbial diversity in a changing environment, nature-inspired chemistry: from medicine to materials, the neuroscience of truth and deception, point of care diagnostics and political ecologies of health and the climate crisis.  A complete symposium program may be found at www.nasonline.org/idakfos2022.

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

Sarah Barber, Georgia State University
Nadia Brashier, Purdue University
Danny Coffey, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Richard Coleman, University of Texas, Austin
Kelle Freel, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology
Tyrone Grandison, Microsoft
Allon Hochbaum, University of California, Irvine
Gregory Holland, San Diego State University
Matthew Iacchei, Hawaiʻi Pacific University
Brian King, Pennsylvania State University
Wilbur Lam, Emory University/Georgia Institute of Technology
Nichole Lighthall, University of Central Florida
Jacqueline Linnes, Purdue University
Megan McCain, University of Southern California
Mohammad Moniruzzaman, University of Miami
Vishnu Murty, Temple University
Angela Richards Dona, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Lisa Scott, University of Florida
Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, Ohio State University
Nyssa Silbiger, California State University, Northridge

The Japanese-American-German symposium, which took place September 16-18 in Irvine, California, US was co-organized by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the NAS. Sessions focused on algorithms for fairness in the real world, ethnocentrism in science: what are we missing and why?, origin of elements, slow earthquakes, small molecule activation and conversion by inorganic complexes and materials, synthetic biology, artificial organisms and artificial ecosystems.  A complete symposium program may be found at www.nasonline.org/jagkfos2022.

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

Richard Adeyemi, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Kim Blisniuk, San Jose State University
Simina Brânzei, Purdue University
Matthew Comstock, Michigan State University
Ann Cook, The Ohio State University
Sarah Cowie, University of Nevada, Reno
Anna Grassellino, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Xiaoxia "Nina" Lin, University of Michigan
Ora Marek-Martinez, Northern Arizona University
Smaranda C. Marinescu, University of Southern California
Charles McCrory, University of Michigan
Patrick Meade, Stony Brook University
Monica Munoz-Torres, University of Colorado
Wesley Pegden, Carnegie Mellon University
Zachary Pincus, Washington University, St. Louis
Zachary Ross, California Institute of Technology
Amanda Thomas, University of Oregon

The Israeli-American symposium, held October 19-21 in Irvine, California, US, was co-organized by the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities (IASH) and the NAS. Sessions focused on brain-machine interfaces, breaking the law: probes of physics beyond the standard model, emptied ecosystems, immune metabolism: what you (and your cells) eat is what you fight, ionic materials, microbiomes in selective environments and  twist and shout: the rise of moiré two-dimensional materials.  A complete symposium program with videos of presentations may be found at www.nasonline.org/isuskfos2022.

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

Karthik Anantharaman, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Jacob Andreas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Gopala Anumanchipalli, University of California, Berkeley
Shane Ardo, University of California, Irvine
Morgane Austern, Harvard University
David Breslow, Yale University
Christina Camell, University of Minnesota
Adrienne Correa, Rice University
Rafael Fernandes, University of Minnesota
Wendy Gordon, University of Minnesota
Liberty Hamilton, University of Texas at Austin
Sarah Hird, University of Connecticut
Alexander Huth, University of Texas at Austin
Ankur Jain, Whitehead Institute
Stevan Nadj-Perge, California Institute of Technology
Rahul Nandkishore, University of Colorado, Boulder
Isobel R. Ojalvo, Princeton University
Peter P. Orth, Iowa State University
Asa Rennermalm, Rutgers University
Haldre Rogers, Iowa State University
Marco Rolandi, University of California, Santa Cruz
Florencia Sangermano, Clark University
Kimberly See, California Institute of Technology
Jie Shan, Cornell University
Jon Simon, University of Chicago
Mckenzie Skiles, The University of Utah
Rachel Ward, University of Texas at Austin
Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, University of Utah

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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