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Huey-Wen Lin is a visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She conducts research in particle and nuclear theory and is investigating properties of hadrons to provide Standard Model inputs to searches for physics beyond the Standard Model. The Blewett Fellowship will enable Lin to continue her research and publish papers using the data accumulated during the years prior to her break, with the goal of getting back on the academic tenure track. She will also access supercomputing facilities to improve results and explore connections with other physics subfields.
Nicole Lloyd-Ronning is an affiliate and former Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory. A major outstanding problem in astrophysics is how the radiating particles are accelerated to such high energies and how some of these environments achieve such a high efficiency of particle acceleration and radiation. With support from the Blewett Fellowship, Lloyd-Ronning will return to research at Los Alamos National Lab and investigate this problem in the context of relativistic shocks in gamma-ray bursts using particle-in-cell simulations.
Monique Tirion is a returning Blewett Fellow. She is an Adjunct Research Associate Professor with Clarkson University’s Physics Department. After a successful postdoc, she had to take time away from research to care for family. Tirion is ready to return to the work she loves, generating and inspecting motility spectra of globular proteins. The Blewett Fellowship has helped her re-start her research and is supporting her further as she presents her findings.
Ani Tshantshapanyan is a returning Blewett Fellow. She worked for several years as a laboratory assistant before and after completion of her degree with the Department of Applied Physics and Technology at the Russian-Armenian University in Yerevan, Armenia. In 2012, however, she left this position to follow her spouse to the US where he had received a position at North Carolina Central University. The Blewett Fellowship has enabled Tshantshapanyan to return to research investigating electronic and optical properties of semiconductor coated quantum dots with complex geometry under external influences for direct applications in photovoltaics and is supporting another year of her progress.