Two researchers in Mathematics receive Sloan FellowshipsTwo researchers in Mathematics have received Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships. Andrea Bertozzi, L.E. Dickson Instructor in Mathematics, and Burt Totaro, Assistant Professor in Mathematics, will each receive $30,000 in unrestricted research funds.
Bertozzi, whose work is in applied mathematics, is conducting research on the mathematical modeling of the physical processes underlying thin films and coatings. She received her B.A. in mathematics in 1987, her M.A. in 1988 and her Ph.D. in 1991, all from Princeton. She came to the University as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and L.E. Dickson Instructor in 1991.
Totaro is a theoretical mathematician studying algebraic geometry and topology. He received his A.B. in mathematics from Princeton in 1984, at the age of 16, and his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1989. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute before coming to Chicago in 1990 as an L.E. Dickson Instructor. He was named Assistant Professor in 1993.
The Sloan Fellowships are awarded to faculty members in the early stages of their careers on the basis of their exceptional promise to contribute to the advancement of knowledge. Candidates for the fellowships are nominated by department chairs and other senior scholars.
A total of four Sloan Fellowships were awarded to University researchers this year. Awards to two economists in the Graduate School of Business -- Anil Kashyap, Associate Professor, and Lars Stole, Assistant Professor -- were reported in the March 9 Chronicle.