UC Davis has announced its 15th class of Chancellorâ€™s Fellows — 10 faculty members at the associate professor level who have caught the attention of their colleagues, department chairs and deans, and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.
The 2014-15 fellows and their fields: Heidi L. Ballard, environmental science education; MaruÅ¡a BradaÄ, astrophysics; Graham Coop, evolution and ecology; Amanda E. Guyer, developmental psychology; Tessa M. Hill, marine science; Richard S. Kim, Asian American studies; William D. Ristenpart, chemical engineering; Teresa Eleanor Steele, evolutionary anthropology; Archana Venkatesan, comparative literature and religious studies; and Huaijun Zhou, animal immunology.
MaruÅ¡a BradaÄ, Department of Physics, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, College of Letters and Science — She is â€œknown as one of the top young astrophysicists worldwide,â€ wrote Andreas Albrecht, physics professor and chair. BradaÄ has a special expertise in gravitational lensing, applying it to colliding clusters of galaxies, or â€œbullet clusters,â€ in research that is considered truly groundbreaking, Albrecht continued. â€œThe complexities and subtleties connected with the collision process can be exploited to explore the nature of the mysterious cosmic â€˜dark matterâ€™ more deeply than with any other approach.â€ BradaÄ also has made â€œquite a name for herself as a teacher and communicator of science,â€ Albrecht wrote. BradaÄ created a â€œhuge hitâ€ with her innovative â€œPhysics of Californiaâ€ course, which introduce important physics concepts in the context of popular activities such as surfing and biking. She started at UC Davis as an assistant professor, 2009-13, and advanced to associate professor in 2013. She received bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees and a Ph.D. at the University of Bonn.