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NSF Recognizes Two Arts and Science Faculty With CAREER Awards

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The National Science Foundation has awarded its most prestigious honor for young teacher-scholars, the Faculty Early Career Development Program award, to Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, assistant professor of astronomy, and Antonis Rokas, assistant professor of biological sciences. Known as CAREER awards, the grants fund outstanding young faculty in research and education outreach.



Holley-Bockelmann will use her $1,075,873 five-year grant to further explore supermassive black holes, including developing and testing a comprehensive theory for their evolution. The grant will also assist her work in addressing the underrepresentation of women and minorities in astrophysics.

Rokas’ $688,129, five-year grant will support his research into yeast genomes and how they may expand understanding of the evolutionary relationships among living organisms. The project will also train high school teachers and students regarding phylogenetics (the study of evolutionary relationships) and include development of an undergraduate course.

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