The New York Academy of Sciences recognized Dr. Elza Erkip, Polytechnic Institute of NYU associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, at its annual “Science and the City Gala” held November 15 in New York City. Dr. Erkip was a finalist in the 2010 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, which were awarded at the Gala. Dr. Erkip received $10,000 in unrestricted funding. Her research is in the areas of wireless communications, information theory, and communication theory.
Three other New York University researchers were recognized. Evgeny Nudler, the Julie Wilson Anderson Professor of Biochemistry at NYU Langone Medical Center, was among the faculty awardees, each of whom received $25,000 in unrestricted funding. Daniela Schiller, a former post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science and currently an assistant professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, received a post-doctoral award, which includes $15,000 in unrestricted funding. Neal Weiner, an associate professor in the Department of Physics, was a finalist for the faculty award and received $10,000 in unrestricted funding.
“Now in its fourth year, the Young Scientists awards program was established to encourage scientific talent by supporting promising scientists early in their careers when they are most in need of funding and recognition,” said Len Blavatnik of the Blavatnik Family Foundation in presenting the awards. “The development and support for the next generation of leading scientists in the United States and their scientific research is an issue of great national importance and one about which I care deeply. The Blavatnik Family Foundation is proud to support and honor these wonderfully creative and intelligent finalists.”