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National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
Chemistry
National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
Chemistry
National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

  • Noncommutative Algebra

    I am a Noncommutative Algebraist, which means that I study objects in algebra. For instance, integers have commutative multiplication (e.g., 3x5 always equals 5x3), but matrices do not (e.g., given matrices A and B, we have that A x B usually does not e...

  • The Mysteries of Mass Unveiled?

    Two thousand twelve will be remembered as the year of the Higgs boson discovery. Hypothesized more than 40 years ago, the Higgs boson is the key to the question of how fundamental particles acquire their mass and how the weak force is broken. Its observation by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at th...

  • Silence of the Budding Yeast

    Hearing the word “yeast” often conjures up the smell of freshly baked bread or the taste of an ice-cold beer. But this single-celled microbe is also a major workhorse in biological research. The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a model organism for the study of a variety of ...

  • Re-opening the Memory Book

    Following the completion of the Human Genome Project, much of biology’s focus has been shifted from the raw sequence of genes to their regulation over time and in response to environmental stimuli. Like books on a shelf, genes do not exert effects by their mere presence; rather, the pages of th...

  • Dissecting Autism in a Dish

    Through 69 years of controversy, past the conjectures of cold-hearted parenting or bad vaccinations, we find ourselves in an exhilarating time to study autism. The condition was originally defined only by speech and language abnormalities, social deficits, and a need for uniformity. These charact...

  • Struck by Asteroids
    Francesca DeMeo has a passion for asteroids. This former undergraduate in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), back at MIT after a stint at graduate school in Paris, is currently a postdoc in Professor Rick Binzel’s gro...
  • What Have Neutrinos Done for You?

    Well, one answer is that they helped you get out of bed this morning. Neutrinos are an essential part of the first step in the fusion process that helps to ignite the sun. So, as the days of spring brighten and you go out to enjoy the sunshine, you can thank a neutrino for every ray of light.

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  • Neutrino Revolution

    The last decade has seen the beginning of a revolution in our understanding of the most elusive of the fundamental particles: the neutrinos (ν). Currently, particle physics understands the universe in terms of the "Standard Model," wh...

  • Catch Me If You Can

    They do not interact very often; except on rare occasions, they do not leave any signs of their passage. So, when my adviser tells me to “go find a neutrino,” what can I do?

    If I want any chance of finding neutrinos at all, I need a lot of neutrinos, a very large target, and a sensitive...