New Haven, Conn. — John Wettlaufer, the A.M. Bateman Professor of Geophysics and Physics and professor of applied mathematics, has been awarded a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship.

The grants provide support to exceptional midcareer scholars and artists, giving them the opportunity to work on projects with complete creative freedom. Only about 220 fellowships are awarded each year out of some 4,000 applicants from across the U.S. and Canada.

Wettlaufer’s studies range from the microscopic physics of ice to fluid dynamics. The work involves collaborations between experimentalists and theorists drawing on methods from many branches of physical science and applied mathematics. His Fellowship research focuses on stochastic theories of abrupt changes in climate.

“I am humbled at the honor and pleased that the Foundation has recognized the deep connections between applied mathematics, statistical mechanics and an area of geophysics that is usually approached using either large scale numerical models or observations alone,” Wettlaufer said. “Applicable mathematics has a very broad reach in the sciences and engineering and I am enthusiastic about the evolving interest in simple approaches to this sort of complex phenomena both at Yale and in the community at large.”

This summer, Wettlaufer will head to England, where he will split his fellowship over two years between the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation was established in 1925 by former United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife in memory of their son. The foundation supports individuals in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and creative arts.


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