A recent Emory Report article highlights the many early career faculty in chemistry who have been recognized by major funding agencies. In the list four years, four Emory chemistry faculty–Khalid Salaita, Chris Scarborough, Emily Weinert, and Susanna Widicus Weaver–have received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. These five-year grants support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar and the integration of education and research.
More recently, Francesco Evangelista became the first Emory faculty member to win an award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program. He will receive $750,000 over five years for his investigations of advanced electronic structure theories for strongly correlated ground and excited states. The methods and software developed in his research will provide new computational tools for studying problems relevant to basic energy science, including combustion processes, transition metal catalysts for energy conversion and the photochemistry of multi-electron excited states.
Evangelista also received a 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship of $55,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which honors “the best-of-the-best among young scientists.”