New York's Top Scientists Finalists for Prestigious Awards for Groundbreaking Research

A dozen New York area scientists — half of them from New York City — specializing in subjects ranging from nanotechnology to behavioral science were named finalists Thursday in a prestigious competition.

The five fellows and seven faculty were chosen from more than 150 nominations for the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards, the academy announced. Faculty finalists will receive up to $25,000, and postdoctoral finalists up to $15,000.

A third of the awards went to NYU professors or postdoctoral fellows, and two awards went to scientists from Columbia University.


Another finalist, Elza Erkip, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYU, has been busy trying to change the face of  wireless communications by developing new methods to improve service.

At 41, Erkip is one of the oldest competitors for the funds — the award is not given to anyone born before 1968. Officials of the Blavatnik Awards say that the age limit differentiates them from the Nobel Peace Prize, which tends to honor scientists much later in their careers.

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