2014 M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship Recipients
Lusaka Bhattacharya is originally from India, and in 2011, she was selected to participate in the APS student visitation award program (APS-IUSTTF) with Prof. Michael Strickland at Kent State University. After moving to the US and taking a career break, Bhattacharya is eager to re-start her career as a postdoctoral researcher at Kent State. Her research will give insight into the microcosm of elementary particles.
Amy Daradich is a returning Blewett Fellow. She will continue her work on the rotational stability of terrestrial planets but will also expand her research to examine the role that long-term polar wander has played in driving changes in Earth’s climate. Daradich is based at the University of Ottawa and collaborates with faculty at Harvard University. During her first year as a Blewett Fellow she published three papers and has gained much momentum in restarting her career.
Leslie Kerby is a returning Blewett Fellow. She returned to academia four years ago after nearly fifteen years away from research. While in graduate school, she got an offer to work on nuclear physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. This past year Kerby and her mentor completed their analysis of Fermi breakup and are currently preparing publications on the results.
Monique Tirion is an Adjunct Research Associate Professor with Clarkson University’s Physics Department. After a successful postdoc, she had to take time away from research to care for family. Tirion is ready to return to the work she loves, generating and inspecting motility spectra of globular proteins. The Blewett Fellowship will help her re-start her research and obtain further funding.
Ani Tshantshapanyan earned her PhD in Semiconductor Physics in 2009 from Yerevan State University. She worked for several years as a laboratory assistant before and after completion of her degree with the Department of Applied Physics and Technology at the Russian-Armenian University in Yerevan, Armenia. In 2012, however, she left this position to follow her spouse to the US where he had received a position at North Carolina Central University. The Blewett Fellowship will enable Tshantshapanyan to return to research investigating electronic and optical properties of semiconductor coated quantum dots with complex geometry under external influences for direct applications in photovoltaics.