Sharon Glotzer was appointed a Simons Investigator in Theoretical Physics in 2012. She is the John W. Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Glotzer, who has broad research interests in materials science and soft matter physics, also holds the title of professor of materials science and engineering and professor of physics at the University of Michigan.

# Mathematics and Physical Science

### MPS Awardee Spotlight: Randall Kamien

Randall Kamien is a 2013 Simons Investigator in Physics and the Vicki and William Abrams Professor in the Natural Sciences in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. Kamien conducts research on problems in soft condensed matter theory and incorporates kirigami, a Japanese paper-folding technique that allows cuts as well as folds, into aspects of his work.

### MPS Awardee Spotlight: Larry Guth

Larry Guth is a 2014 Simons Investigator in Mathematics and professor of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he also received his Ph.D. His research focuses on combinatorial geometry, a branch of mathematics that studies the combinations and organizations of geometric objects, as well as harmonic analysis and metric analysis.

### MPS Awardee Spotlight: Tim Austin

Tim Austin conducts research on analysis, probability and ergodic theory, and is currently one of fourteen principal investigators in the Simons Collaboration on Algorithms and Geometry, a collaboration that aims to bring mathematicians and theoretical computer scientists together to address fundamental questions at the interface of their disciplines.

### MPS Awardee Spotlight: Alex Eskin

Alex Eskin is a 2014 Simons Investigator in Mathematics and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago. A large part of his work has centered on mathematical billiards and geometric group theory, for which he received the Clay Research Prize in 2007.