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February 16, 2011 — Two early-career scientists awarded prestigious Sloan Fellowships

Professors of computer science, physics recognized

February 16, 2011
Jenny Hall 
Mark Braverman

Two U of T professors — Mark Braverman of computer science and mathematics and Sabine Stanley of physics — are among the 118 scholars awarded the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships for 2011.

The $50,000 awards are given to early-career scholars in recognition of their achievements and their potential to contribute substantially to their fields. Winners in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience and physics are nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars.

Sabine Stanley

“The scientists and researchers selected for this year’s Sloan Research Fellowships represent the very brightest rising stars of this generation of scholars,” said Paul Joskow, president of the Sloan Foundation. “The Foundation is proud to be able to support their work at this important stage in their careers.

Braverman and Stanley are two of only three fellows hailing from Canadian universities.

Braverman, who received his PhD in 2008 from U of T, is interested in complexity theory, the theory of real computation, machine learning, algorithms, game theory, and applications of computer science in health care and medicine.

Stanley received her PhD from Harvard University in 2004 and investigates planetary magnetic fields and dynamo theory.

“Congratulations to Professors Braverman and Stanley, and on behalf of the University of Toronto community, thanks to the Sloan Foundation for these marvelous awards,” said Professor Paul Young, vice-president (research). “Awards like these are vital in supporting and recognizing scholars who are emerging leaders in their fields and making enduring research contributions.”

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic not-for-profit grant-making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-president and chief executive officer of the General Motors, the foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance.