Two Princeton nominees, Lucia Gualtieri and Peter Schauss, have both been recognized as finalists in "Physical Sciences and Engineering" by the 2018 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists.
This program supports "outstanding postdoctoral scientists from academic research institutions across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in three scientific disciplinary categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. A distinguished jury of senior scientists and engineers selects a winner who is awarded a $30,000 unrestricted prize, and two finalists who each collect $10,000, from each category."
Gualtieri is a seismologist who was recognized for "contributions to the field of geophysics and seismology that have revolutionized our understanding of what globally detectable seismic background signals can tell scientists about environmental processes, such as hurricanes and landslides."
Schauss, an experimental physicist now at the University of Virginia, was recognized for "fundamental experiments using quantum gas microscopy – where atoms are cooled to temperatures only a few billionths of a degree above absolute zero so their behavior becomes dominated by quantum mechanics."