As always, quite a few scientific accolades have poured in for UChicago faculty this year. But one group of award winners has something in common:
- In January, Susan Kidwell, the William Rainey Harper Professor in Geophysical Sciences, won the Mary Clark Thompson Medal from the National Academy of Sciences for her work on fossil preservation.
- Last month, Jack Gilbert, associate professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution and Department of Surgery, was named one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” for his work studying the microbiome.
- On Monday, John Novembre, associate professor in the Department of Human Genetics, was named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow (aka “the genius grant”) for his studies of the evolutionary history and genetic diversity of human populations.
- And that same evening, Neil Shubin, the Robert R. Bensley professor of organismal biology and anatomy, shared an Emmy Award for outstanding graphic design and art direction with the production team for Your Inner Fish, a PBS series based on Shubin’s bestselling book.
Besides needing to build some new shelves for the extra hardware, they’re all members of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago.
The CEB is a unique interdepartmental graduate student training program dedicated to the study of evolutionary biology. Faculty and students in the program engage in interdisciplinary studies that range from single generations to the entire history of life, from a molecular to a global scale. With a geologist, microbiologist, computational biologist and paleontologist raking in the honors, we can’t think of a better way to show off the diversity and vitality of researchers in the CEB. Congratulations!