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BC Mathematicians Named 2013 Sloan Fellows

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (February 2013) – The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships to Boston College Mathematics Assistant Professors Joshua E. Greene and David Treumann.


Greene and Treumann are among 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers, and only 20 in mathematics, chosen this year to receive the fellowships, which are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars among the next generation of scientific leaders.

"David and Josh are part of a cohort of talented young mathematicians that we've hired in the last few years," said College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Quigley. "It's wonderful to see that the Sloan Foundation has recognized the excellence of their research and their considerable promise as scholars."

"I congratulate Josh and David on their awards, and on the outstanding mathematical research that led to them. They are superb scholars and devoted teachers," said Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair Solomon Friedberg. "They and our other assistant professors, an amazingly talented group, are on their way to becoming the next generation of intellectual leaders in their fields."

Greene, who earned his doctorate from Princeton University, researches topics within geometric topology, particularly knot theory, which probes complex geometric structures and has applications to research in the areas of physics and biology.

"The award will allow me to concentrate entirely on my research for a semester in the near future," Greene said. "In that respect, I would like to repeat a quote from Jonas Salk that has resonated with me since I first heard it in high school: ‘I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.’  Naturally, I am very grateful to the Sloan Foundation for that opportunity; their support is tremendous."

Treumann, who also received his Ph.D. from Princeton, lists research and teaching interests in algebraic geometry and string theory, a highly conceptual field tied to advances in the theoretical realms of both math and physics. Prior to his arrival at BC this year, he taught at the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University, where he was also a post-doctoral researcher.

"I am honored and very pleased to receive a Sloan Research Fellowship," Treumann said. "I am grateful to the math department and the University for their support of my research and teaching. Boston College is a very exciting place to be a mathematician."

Both professors have received research support from the National Science Foundation.

Administered and funded by the Sloan Foundation, the fellowships are awarded in eight scientific fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. Fellows receive $50,000 to be used to further their research.

“The Sloan Research Fellows are the best of the best among young scientists,” said Dr. Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  “If you want to know where the next big scientific breakthrough will come from, look to these extraordinary men and women.  The Foundation is proud to support them during this pivotal stage of their careers.”

Greene and Treumann join four BC faculty who received Sloan Fellowships last year. Assistant Professor of Biology Michelle Meyer, Assistant Professor of Physics Ying Ran, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang and Assistant Professor of Psychology Liane Young were among researchers recognized by the foundation in 2012.

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