UA wins 4 of 5 prestigious Arizona Bisgrove Scholars Awards! The Science Foundation Arizona, or SFAz, recently announced its 2017 SFAz Bisgrove Scholars Awards, with four of the five recipients from the University of Arizona. UA researchers Michael Marty, Jiangqaing Chen, Luke McGuire and John Schaibley will each receive $200,000 in support of their research.
The Bisgrove Scholars Awards were created by SFAz with support from philanthropist Jerry Bisgrove to attract, support and retain exceptional and innovative new researcher talent in Arizona. The highly competitive prize, now in its sixth year, has awarded over $4 million to 21 scholars working across the research performing institutions of the state.
“The four Bisgrove Scholars Awards are recognition of the quality of the University of Arizona early career faculty and the potential of their work to drive innovation and economic development for the State of Arizona,” said UA Senior Vice President for Research Kimberly Andrews Espy. “We very much appreciate the support and partnership of Science Foundation Arizona in advancing to the economic future and well-being of our state.”
Luke McGuire is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences. McGuire received his B.S. in Mathematics from Bucknell University in 2008. After earning his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the UA in 2013, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey Landslide Hazards Program. His research focuses on the geologic surface processes that shape landscapes, with applications to natural hazards like wildfires, a serious issue for Arizona and how these events impact landscape evolution.
Excerpt taken from the UA Research, Discovery & Innovation Newsletter Jan/Feb 2017