Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research: Previous Award Recipients

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2018

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Faculty members stand with Randy Buckner, chairman of the faculty review committee that selects the projects. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer


Cora Dvorkin, Assistant Professor of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“Foreground Separation in the Search of Primordial Gravitational Waves”

 

Karine Gibbs, Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and Colleen Cavanaugh, Edward C. Jeffrey Professor of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“You can’t just go with your gut: Determining the switch to virulence in endogenous members of the gut microbiome”

 

Peter Girguis, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and Aspen Reese, Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“Collecting and Protecting Microbiomes: Leveraging Natural History Collections to Study Microbial Communities”

 

Stein Jacobsen, Professor of Geochemistry, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“Towards Solving the Younger Dryas Mystery”

 

Matthew Nock, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Samuel Gershman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
“Using Mobile Passive Monitoring, Real-time Assessment and Dynamic Computational Phenotypes to Understand, Predict and Prevent Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors”


2017

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Challenge winners Amy Wagers, Robin Wordsworth, Jesse Snedeker, Elsie Sunderland, and Caroline Buckee. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer


Jesse Snedeker, Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“Language creation: Modeling the rapid emergence of a new language in Nicaragua”

Elsie Sunderland, Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering in the Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health; and Caroline Buckee, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
“Epidemics in the wind: Can airborne bacteria cause meningitis outbreaks?”


Amy Wagers, Forst Family Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“Why we age: a potentially common driver of age-related dysfunction across organ systems”

Robin Wordsworth, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
“Resolving the status of oxygen as a biosignature to allow a search for life on exoplanets”


2016

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Doug Melton presented the awards to Edo Berger, Katia Bertoldi, Talia Konkle, Bence Ölveczky, and Edward Glaeser. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer


Edo Berger, Professor of Astronomy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“A New Era of General Relativity: Joint Studies of Astrophysical Gravitational Wave Sources and their Electromagnetic Radiation”

Katia Bertoldi, William and Ami Kuan Danoff Professor of Applied Mechanics, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
“Topologically protected excitations in mechanical meta-materials”

Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“Computer Vision-Automated Surveys for Urban Science and Economic Development”

Talia Konkle, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“Shape, curvature, and the neural representation of objects”

Bence Ölveczky, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“Continuous long-term tracking of brain dynamics and behavior”


2015

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Douglas Melton presented awards to five Harvard faculty: Joshua Greene, Paola Arlotta, Federico Capasso, David Keith, and accepting for Daniel Schrag was research assistant Lauren Benson Kuntz. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer


Paola Arlotta, Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“Cognition in the dish: creation of next-generation models of neurodevelopment disease using human brain organoids”

Federico Capasso, Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
“Emissive Energy Harvesting”

Joshua D. Greene, Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“The Nuts and Bolts of Complex Thought: Neural Mechanisms of Truth: Functional Operation”

David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; and Frank Keutsch, Stonington Professor of Engineering and Atmospheric Science, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
“Designing advanced particles to limit the risk of solar geoengineering”

Daniel P. Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Area Dean for Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
“Towards a Mechanistic Theory for the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and an Explanation for the Hiatus in Global Warming”


2014


Richard T. Lee, Professor of Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
"Intrinsic chronometers of nuclear DNA: Searching for a DNA Hourglass”


Bernardo Lemos, Associate Professor of Environmental Epigenetics, Harvard School of Public Health
"Uncovering epigenetic adaptations to extraordinarily extreme cellular stresses”

 

Charles Lieber, Joshua and Beth Friedman University Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
"Syringe Injectable Electronics for Brain Activity Mapping”

Conor Walsh, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
“Can soft wearable robots assist patients with limited mobility”