Elena D’Onghia Awarded Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship

Feb 18, 2013

Assistant Professor Elena D’Onghia has been awarded a 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship.

D’Onghia’s research focuses on the dynamics of galaxies. She wants to learn about fundamental physics by studying the dynamics and formation of galaxies using analytic methods and numerical simulations. Her recent research includes groups of dwarfs, resonant stripping, tidal interactions and tail-making, disk shocking in the Milky Way and stochastic spiral arms.

Before coming to the UW last fall, she was a Keck Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers nationwide in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Thirty-nine Sloan Research Fellows have won Nobel Prizes later in their careers, and hundreds have received other honors.

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