San Diego, CA, March 9, 2004 -- Six faculty members of the Universit y of California, San Diego have been selected as Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow s in 2004 -- double the number in the period 1999-2002 combined. They are among the 117 academics receiving the distinction this year, and UCSD ranked among the top tier of academic institutions winning Sloan awards: Stanford led with eight , UC Berkeley and Princeton tied for second place with seven fellows each, and U CSD tied for third place with Caltech. The fellowships are awarded each year to young academics who "show the most outstanding promise of making fundamental con tributions to new knowledge," according to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Two of the new Sloan Fellows at UCSD are assistant professors in the Jacobs S chool of Engineering's Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department. Stefan Savage is an expert in computer networking and security, and Henrik Wann Jensen 's primary work is in computer graphics.
Also winning Sloan fellowships in 2004: Karsten Meyer, whose specialty is the inorganic and organometallic coordination chemistry of highly reactive transiti on and actinide metal complexes (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry); and Emanuel Todorov, who investigates the neural control of movement (Department of Cognitive Science). Two members of UCSD's Department of Mathematics also made th e grade. Lei Ni's research includes differential geometry and Riemannian geometr y, and Li-Tien Cheng specializes in level set methods, visualization, and scient ific computation.
The Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship is an extraordinarily competitive award, invol ving nominations for most of the very best young scientists from around the coun try. Sloan Research Fellows, once chosen, are free to pursue whatever line s of inquiry are of the most compelling interest to them. The fellowship carries with it a grant of $40,000, to be used over a two-year period in support of res earch.
The Sloan Research Fellowships were established in 1955 to provide support an d recognition to young scientists, often in their first appointments to universi ty faculties. Over the first 17 years of the program, Sloan Research Fellowships were awarded in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Additional fields were add ed in subsequent years: neuroscience in 1972, economics in 1980, computer scienc e in 1993, and computational and evolutionary molecular biology in 2002.
Twenty-six Sloan Fellows have won Nobel Prizes later in their careers, and hu ndreds have received other honors.