Lisa Piccirillo Awarded 2021 Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize in Mathematics
Assistant Professor Lisa Piccirillo was selected for an inaugural 2021 Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize, created in 2019 by the Breakthrough Foundation to recognize outstanding early-career women in mathematics. Lisa is cited for “resolving the classic problem that the Conway knot is not smoothly slice.” She was also recently named one of this year's WIRED25 for "People Who Are Making Things Better."
“I can’t wait to see what comes next from these brilliant young women,” said School of Science Dean Nergis Mavalvala, congratulating Lisa Piccirillo, fellow New Frontiers prizewinner and 2018 Math PhD alum Nina Holden, and two women faculty physicists, each selected for the Breakthrough's New Horizons Prize in Physics.
Read more in the MIT News.
Elchanan Mossel Named 2020 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow
Elchanan Mossel has been selected by the Department of Defense for a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship for his research on information flows on networks.
He is among eight distinguished faculty scientists and engineers who will be provided fellowship funds "to advance transformative, university-based fundamental research."
Alexei Borodin and Zhiwei Yun Named Simons Investigators
Alexei Borodin and Zhiwei Yun were each selected to receive a 2020 Simons Investigator award in Mathematics.
This program "supports outstanding theoretical scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists."
They are among 15 of the 2020 Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, and Computer Science.
Alexei and Zhiwei join their fellow Simons Investigators Larry Guth, Elchanan Mossel, Bjorn Poonen, and Paul Seidel.
Congratulations Alexei and Zhiwei!