May 15, 1997
Vol. 16, No. 17

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    Economist, mathematician Sloan scholars

    Awards to young scholars based on exceptional promise Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships have been awarded to two faculty members: Judith Chevalier, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Business, and Alex Eskin, Assistant Professor in Mathematics. They each will receive $35,000 in research funds.

    The University's Sloan fellows are among 100 young scientists and economists in the United States and Canada selected to receive this year's awards. The fellowships are awarded to young scientists 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.

    An economist, Chevalier has focused her research activities on such topics as the interaction between firm capital structure and product market competition; the impact of liquidity constraints on markup, inventory and capital expenditure cyclicality; and the role of implicit incentive schemes.

    Chevalier received her B.A. in 1989 from Yale, and her Ph.D. from MIT in 1993. She was an assistant professor at Harvard before joining the Chicago faculty in 1994. She is associate editor of the Rand Journal of Economics and a faculty research fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    Eskin's research interests are in number theory, lie groups, discrete groups and ergodic theory. He received his B.S. from UCLA in 1986 and studied physics and mathematics at MIT and Stanford before receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton in 1993.

    Eskin was at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for a year before coming to Chicago as a Dickson Instructor in Mathematics in 1994. This is Eskin's second award from the Sloan Foundation; he received a graduate research fellowship in 1992.