Four faculty members awarded Sloan Fellowships

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Top Left: Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Top Right: Frederico Finan, Bottom Left: Michael Lustig, Bottom Right: Bjorn Hartmann are awarded Sloan Foundation Fellowships.

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The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced on Tuesday the selection of four UC Berkeley faculty members as Sloan Research Fellows for 2013.

Assistant professors Frederico Finan and Yuriy Gorodnichenko from the department of economics and assistant professors Bjorn Hartmann and Michael Lustig from the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences were among the 126 young men and women selected for the award.

“It was excellent and wonderful to win,” Gorodnichenko said.

According to Gorodnichenko’s research statement, he conducts research in public finance, development, international economics and econometrics.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a nonprofit grant-making organization that supports up-and-coming scientists.  The organization supplies those named as Sloan Research Fellows with $50,000 to further enhance their research for two years.

“It is a way for these young scientists to distinguish themselves from other young scientists and will hopefully help them later on in their careers and aid them in being taken seriously in their fields sooner,” said Nathan Williams, the communications manager at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Eligible candidates must be employed at a university in either the United States or Canada and must have received a doctorate in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences or physics within six years of their candidacy.

“It is a great honor to be in the company of so many accomplished researchers across many disciplines of science and engineering,” Hartmann said.

Hartmann’s research in human-computer interaction focuses on designing, prototyping and implementing tools for personal computing. These advances enable designers to prototype and implement future computing products rapidly.

“I focus on finding the most interesting research questions and on contributing durable knowledge though my work,” said Hartmann. “Awards like the Sloan Fellowship are a great validation of my group’s work, but earning awards isn’t an explicit goal in its own right for me. I let intellectual curiosity drive my research.”

The addition of these faculty members increases the number of UC Berkeley staff who are Sloan Fellows to 121. Last year, two faculty members from the department of statistics and the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences became Sloan Research Fellows.

“I think that being a Sloan Research Fellow is an indicator of those who have talent in the sciences and that being included indicates winners’ potential to contribute in their field and to the scientific community,” Williams said.

Contact Seif Abdelghaffar at [email protected].

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Yuriy Gorodnichenko’s research revolved around the use of economics to make judgments and projections about macroeconomic variables in the future. In fact, Gorodnichenko studies public finance, development, international economics and econometrics. Additionally, Gorodnichenko was misquoted in the article.