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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 2, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 28
Physicist Andrei Gritsan Wins NSF Career Award, Sloan Fellowship

By Lisa De Nike

Andrei Gritsan of Johns Hopkins' Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy has won both the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award and a Sloan Research Fellowship for his work in elementary particle physics.

The NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Award recognizes young scientists' devotion to both research and education with a five-year $550,000 grant. The Sloan Fellowship brings with it a two-year $45,000 grant.

"It is a great honor to receive these awards," said Gritsan, an assistant professor. "I have been fortunate to uncover some mysteries of matter and antimatter at the smallest scale. Now these awards will allow me to pursue my research at the frontier particle accelerator experiments.

"It is an exciting time for the field as we believe that particle physics is standing within reach of new discoveries," he said. "We are now preparing a new experiment within an international collaboration of scientists. The awards will provide stipends for graduate students and a postdoctoral fellow working with me on the project."

The NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Program supports young teacher-scholars who have exhibited creative, integrative and effective research and education plans developed within the context of their organization's missions and goals.

Gritsan was one of 118 young scientists and economists to receive Sloan Research Fellowships this year in recognition of their potential to contribute to academic advancement. Since the Sloan Foundation began awarding fellowships in 1955, 32 fellows have won Nobel Prizes later in their careers.

Gritsan has been at Johns Hopkins since 2005. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in 1994 and 1996 from Novosibirsk State University in Siberia. In 2000 he earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder and then worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory prior to coming to Johns Hopkins.

"We are delighted to have Andrei Gritsan on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy," said Jonathan Bagger, department chair. "We are gratified that his path-breaking work on the properties of matter and antimatter has been recognized by the Sloan and National Science foundations, and we look forward to exciting discoveries in the years ahead."


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