Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Prof. Mandelbaum awarded prestigious Sloan Fellowship
Prof. Rachel Mandelbaum has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship. She is among 126 scientists and scholars, and two of four Carnegie Mellon University faculty members, to be honored this year by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships, which include an award of $50,000 for two years, seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.
Rachel Mandelbaum, an assistant professor of physics and member of the Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology, conducts research on weak gravitational lensing, a cosmological tool that can be used to study the distribution of both dark and ordinary matter in the universe. Mandelbaum participates in large astronomical and spectroscopic imaging surveys including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and the Hyper Suprime-Cam at the Subaru Telescope. Recently, she was named to the NASA science team that will be working on the European Science Agency’s Euclid survey.
Mandelbaum earned both her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees at Princeton University. She completed a Hubble Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study and then returned to Princeton as an associate research scholar. She joined the CMU faculty in 2011, and was awarded a Department of Energy Early Career Award in 2012.