Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Congratulations to Research Grant Recipients

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2010

CONTACTS:
Megan Castle, 303.866.6386, megan.castle@state.co.us
Todd Hartman, 303.866.2262, todd.hartman@state.co.us

GOV. RITTER CONGRATULATES COLORADO RESEARCHERS FOR RECOVERY ACT GRANTS

Gov. Bill Ritter today lauded five researchers at Colorado universities for their selection as part of 69 early career scientists nationwide slated to share $85 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to support their research.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the five-year research grants as part of DOE’s new Early Career Research Program. The new effort is designed to bolster the nation’s workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early years of their career.

“I congratulate these young Colorado scientists for this important recognition,” said Gov. Bill Ritter. “They shine as another great example of how our researchers at Colorado universities continue to be national leaders in innovation and achievement.”

Under the program, the five Colorado scientists – four from the University of Colorado and one from Colorado State University – will receive at least $150,000 per year to cover summer salary and research expenses. Awardees were selected from a pool of 1,750 university- and national laboratory-based applicants.  Colorado was one of only two states out of 21 with five researchers chosen.

“This new program reflects the Administration’s strong commitment to creating jobs and new industries through scientific innovation,” said Secretary of Energy Chu.  “Strong support of scientists in the early career years is crucial to renewing America’s scientific workforce and ensuring U.S. leadership in discovery and innovation for many years to come.”

The Colorado winners and their area of research:

  • Michael  Hermele, University of Colorado, New States of Matter and Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Alkaline Earth Fermions
  • Arthi Jayaraman, University of Colorado, Theory and Simulation of Tailored Assembly in Rod-Coil Polymer Nanocomposite.
  • Alysia Marino, University of Colorado, Probing Neutrino Properties with Long-Baseline Neutrino Beams.
  • Tobin Munsat, University of Colorado, Physics Analysis of Microwave Imaging Data from DIID & KSTAR.
  • Michelle Strout, Colorado State University, Separating Algorithm and Implementation via Programming Model Injection (SAIMI).