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February 24, 1997

Four UCSC researchers earn prestigious Sloan Fellowships

By Robert Irion

Four young scientists at UCSC are among 100 recipients nationwide of 1997 fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation of New York. Each prestigious fellowship is worth $35,000 over a two-year period.

The winners, all of whom have joined the UCSC faculty within the last four years, are Andrew Chisholm and Yishi Jin, both assistant professors of biology; Puragra Guhathakurta, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics; and Joseph Puglisi, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Just six other institutions received four or more Sloan Fellowships this year: UC Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, six each; Columbia University, Cornell University, and UCLA, five each; and UC San Diego, four recipients.

Since 1955, the Sloan Foundation has awarded more than $75 million to about 3,200 researchers, 21 of whom have gone on to earn Nobel Prizes. The awards recognize exceptional young talent in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics. Sloan scholars are free to use the funds to pursue any lines of scientific inquiry they choose, a flexibility that often proves vital in burgeoning research careers.

Panels of leading researchers selected the 1997 fellowship winners from about 450 nominees put forward by department chairs and other senior scientists. The average age of the 100 recipients is 32 years.

Following are thumbnail sketches of the UCSC Sloan Fellows:

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