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13 September 2011
The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has announced the appointment of twenty-six new Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holders. The scheme provides up to 5 years’ funding after which the award holder continues with a permanent post at the host university.
Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract to this country or to retain respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential. The focus of the award is a salary enhancement, usually in the range of £10,000 to £30,000 per annum.
The newly appointed award holders are working on a wide variety of projects including atmospheric aerosols, weather and climate; time and extra dimensions in space; early human evolution in Africa; and the impact of systemic infection and inflammation on the aged and diseased brain.
The Wolfson Foundation is a grant-making charity established in 1955. Funding is given to support excellence. More information is available from www.wolfson.org.uk .
The full list of Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award appointments is as follows:
Professor Oreste Acuto
University of Oxford
Molecular mechanisms of TCR signalling determining T cell fates
Professor Jonathan Blundy
University of Bristol
Magmatic differentiation in the Earth's Crust
Professor Muffy Calder
University of Glasgow
Live formal models for predictable component-based systems
Professor Ken Carslaw
University of Leeds
Atmospheric Aerosols, Weather and Climate
Professor Neil Champness
University of Nottingham
Self-assembly of Photoactive Metal Organic Frameworks
Professor Jonathan Clayden
University of Manchester
Communication via Molecular Conformation
Professor David Cumming
Metamaterial sensor integration on to CMOS technology
Professor Alexander Davies
Semiconductor and biological nanotechnology, and applications to healthcare
Professor Paddy Farrington
Statistical methods for pharmacoepidemiology and infectious disease epidemiology
Professor Jianfeng Feng
University of Warwick
Bridging the gap between fMRI and Genome-wide data with applications in diseases
Professor Ruth Gregory
University of Durham
Time and Extra Dimensions in Space
Professor Andrew Liddle
University of Sussex
Unveiling the dark Universe
Professor Mark Maslin
University College London
Investigating the causes of early Human Evolution in Africa
Professor Paul Milewski
University of Bath
Three-dimensional solitary waves: from wind ripples to waves on floating ice
Professor Carole Mundell
Liverpool John Moores University
Black Hole-Driven Explosions and the Dynamic Universe
Professor Tracy Palmer
University of Dundee
Probing the mechanism of protein export by the bacterial Tat transport system
Professor Richard Pancost
The response of hydrological and biogeochemical cycles to past global warming
Professor Hugh Perry
University of Southampton
The impact of systemic infection and inflammation on the aged and diseased brain
Professor Raphael Rouquier
Higher categorical and homotopical methods in representation theory
Professor Debra Skene
University of Surrey
Linking light, circadian rhythms, sleep and metabolism in health and disease
Professor Maximilian Telford
Comparative genomics and the evolution of the Metazoa.
Professor Jonathan Tennyson
Molecular line lists for extra solar planet and other hot bodies
Professor David van Dyk
Imperial College London
Embedding Computer Models into Coherent Statistical Analyses in Astrophysics
Professor Fiona Watt
King's College London
Manipulating the stem cell niche at single cell resolution
Professor Howard Wilson
University of York
Stability and confinement in magnetised plasmas
Professor Andrew Zisserman
Visual recognition of object categories in images and videos
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