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Katherine Whitacker, assistant professor of physics, stands next to a telescope inside the observatory on top of the Gant Complex on Feb. 14, 2019. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Kate Whitaker

Assistant professor of astrophysics, Kate Whitaker, was one of 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to receive 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships. The fellowships, awarded yearly since 1955, honor early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the most promising researchers in their fields. In addition to her position at UConn, Whitaker is also an associate faculty at the new Cosmic Dawn Center in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Katherine Whitacker, assistant professor of physics, stands next to a telescope inside the observatory on top of the Gant Complex on Feb. 14, 2019. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Kate Whitaker

Assistant professor of astrophysics, Kate Whitaker, was one of 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to receive 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships. The fellowships, awarded yearly since 1955, honor early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the most promising researchers in their fields. In addition to her position at UConn, Whitaker is also an associate faculty at the new Cosmic Dawn Center in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Cato Laurencin

An eminent biomedical engineer and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin's seminal papers and patents have had wide-ranging impacts on human health, launching the use of nanotechnology in musculoskeletal regeneration and ushering in a new era in orthopedic therapies. His research inspired the development of biocomposite interference screws, which fix bone to soft tissue and are used in at least 25 percent of the more than 500,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgeries performed worldwide each year.

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Cato Laurencin at his office at UConn Health in Farmington on Oct. 6, 2014. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
Cato Laurencin at his office at UConn Health in Farmington on Oct. 6, 2014. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Cato Laurencin

An eminent biomedical engineer and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin's seminal papers and patents have had wide-ranging impacts on human health, launching the use of nanotechnology in musculoskeletal regeneration and ushering in a new era in orthopedic therapies. His research inspired the development of biocomposite interference screws, which fix bone to soft tissue and are used in at least 25 percent of the more than 500,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgeries performed worldwide each year.

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Marja Hurley, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, in her laboratory at UConn Health on September 21, 2016. (tina Encarnacion/UConn Health Photo)

Marja Hurley

Marja Hurley is professor of medicine and orthopedic surgery and founding director of the Health Career Opportunity Program. As a widely-published physician-scientist, Hurley is internationally recognized for her research into the role fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF2) plays in bone and phosphate homeostasis.

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C. Michael White

Throughout his career, pharmaceutical scientist C. Michael White has focused on trying to understand, prevent, or modulate cardiovascular drug, device, and natural product induced diseases. With particular expertise in post-surgical complication prevention and natural products that cause or prevent cardiovascular diseases, White is an international expert in this field and is routinely quoted in the news media.

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C. Michael White on March 15, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

C. Michael White

Throughout his career, pharmaceutical scientist C. Michael White has focused on trying to understand, prevent, or modulate cardiovascular drug, device, and natural product induced diseases. With particular expertise in post-surgical complication prevention and natural products that cause or prevent cardiovascular diseases, White is an international expert in this field and is routinely quoted in the news media.

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C. Michael White on March 15, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
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Cheryl Beck

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Nursing Cheryl Beck is one of the nation’s leading researchers on postpartum depression and traumatic childbirth. She is author and editor of several books on these subjects and nursing research, including Routledge International Handbook of Qualitative Nursing Research, Essentials of Nursing Research: Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice, and Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders: A clinician’s guide. Beck has been recognized for both her dedication to research, teaching, and clinical care with countless honors, including being inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2019.  She currently serves on the boards of 15 research, editorial, and advisory groups.

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Michael Fendrich

Michael Fendrich is associate dean for research and a professor in the UConn School of Social Work. His research focuses on policies, services, interventions, and risk factors related to substance misuse and mental health. He has published extensively in the field, and recently presented findings on heroin addiction treatment and how it relates to previous opioid misuse history.

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Michael Fendrich starting his day with a bike ride to the office at the School of Social Work on Oct. 12, 2018. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
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Kenneth Fuchs

Kenneth Fuchs is regarded as one of the country’s finest composers and has composed music for orchestra, band, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. With Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, Fuchs created three chamber musicals, which were originally pre­sent­ed by Circle Repertory Company in New York City. The London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, has recorded five discs of Fuchs’s music for Naxos American Classics. In 2019, Fuchs won a Grammy award in the Best Classical Compendium category for his album “Spiritualist – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.”

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Martha Cutter, professor of English and Africana studies, on January 2, 2019. (Bri Diaz/UConn Photo).

Martha J. Cutter

Martha J. Cutter is Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches classes in African American literature and post- Civil War American Literature. Her first book, Unruly Tongue: Language and Identity in American Women’s Writing (UP of Mississippi, 1999) won the 2001 Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association. She recently received a 2019 National Endowment for the Humanities grant. to continue to explore themes from her third book, The Illustrated Slave: Empathy, Graphic Narrative, and the Visual Culture of the Transatlantic Abolition Movement, 1800-1852.

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Martha J. Cutter

Martha J. Cutter is Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches classes in African American literature and post- Civil War American Literature. Her first book, Unruly Tongue: Language and Identity in American Women’s Writing (UP of Mississippi, 1999) won the 2001 Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association. She recently received a 2019 National Endowment for the Humanities grant. to continue to explore themes from her third book, The Illustrated Slave: Empathy, Graphic Narrative, and the Visual Culture of the Transatlantic Abolition Movement, 1800-1852.

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Martha Cutter, professor of English and Africana studies, on January 2, 2019. (Bri Diaz/UConn Photo).