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2 Rice faculty members awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

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HOUSTON -- (Feb. 20, 2019) -- Two Rice University faculty members have been selected as 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows.

Mark Torres, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, was honored for his work in the field of ocean sciences, and Ming Yi, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, was awarded for physics.

The two-year, $70,000 fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars while recognizing their distinguished performance and unique potential to make substantial contributions to their fields.

Torres' high school was attached to a museum of paleontology, which sparked his passion for studying Earth.

His research concerns how concentrations of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the atmosphere are regulated over geologic time and what makes planets habitable.

Most of my research so far has focused on how rivers, by delivering different chemical elements to the ocean, influence ocean chemistry and atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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