Marcela Carena named DOE Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellow

October 26, 2022

Marcela Carena
Marcela Carena

Prof. Marcela Carena, Dept. of Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and the College at the University of Chicago and of Fermi National Laboratory has been selected by The Department of Energy as one of two national laboratory scientists to be named DOE Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellows. 

This honor, authorized by the America COMPETES Act, is bestowed on national laboratory scientists with outstanding records of achievement. The award provides each Fellow with $1 million over three years to support activities that develop, sustain, and promote scientific and academic excellence in DOE Office of Science research.

Carena was honored “for leadership and influential contributions to particle physics, including novel theoretical ideas and strategies for high energy physics experiments related to the Higgs boson, dark matter, and electroweak baryogenesis, and promoting Latin American participation in DOE-hosted experiments.”

The other scientist honored was Dr. Sheng Dai of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“The extraordinary work of Dr. Carena and Dr. Dai has pushed forward not only their fields of research but also solutions for some of our nation’s greatest challenges and scientific questions,” said Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, DOE Office of Science Director. “They also embody leadership and mentorship in their work and positions, making science a more welcoming and inclusive place.”

The Office of Science will host a two-part lecture series featuring the 2022 Distinguished Scientist Fellows. For more information and to register, visit the fellows website.  

This article was adapted from the Department of Energy announcement on Oct. 26, 2022.

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