Galileo Circle Fellows

Two distinguished faculty members of the University of Arizona College of Science have been named 2019 Galileo Circle Fellows, one of the highest honors bestowed upon faculty in the College.

These awards, established through the generosity of Galileo Circle members, recognize outstanding accomplishments in academic scholarship.  Each Fellow receives $5,000 and lifetime membership in the Galileo Circle.

Galileo Circle Fellows are the epitome of the academic scholar, with a deep understanding over a broad range of science, a willingness to think in a truly interdisciplinary way, and an ability to inspire colleagues and students alike.

2019 Galileo Circle Fellows
2019 Galileo Circle Fellows Helen Zhang and Shufeng Zhang © 2018 A.T. Willett


2018 Galileo C​ircle Fellows

Helen Zhang
Professor, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Zhang is a Professor of Mathematics and a member of the Statistics and Applied Mathematics Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs at the University of Arizona. She has made fundamental contributions to statistical and machine learning theory and methods for analyzing big and complex data, which have significant applications in many scientific areas including biomedicine and environmental research. Dr. Zhang is a dedicated mentor who is passionate about mathematics and statistics education. She has advised 22 PhD students in her career so far. She is currently directing the Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science [TRIPODS] Center funded by the National Science Foundation. The TRIPODS Center cultivates transformative and highly interactive research collaborations among three foundational disciplines-computer science, mathematics, and statistics. The goal is to establish theoretical foundations of data sciences, offer interdisciplinary training for next-generation data scientists, build partnerships with domain sciences and local business, and outreach to the public. Dr. Zhang·s research has received continuous NSF, NIH, and NSA funding. She is an elected Member of the International Statistical Institute [ISi], a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics [IMS]. and the 2019 IMS Medallion Lecturer. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the ISl's flagship journal Stat. 

Shufeng Zhang
Professor, Department of Physics

Dr. Zhang obtained his PhD in physics from New York University in 1991 and became a faculty member at the University of Missouri before joining the University of Arizona in 2008. Dr. Zhang's research focuses on both fundamental and applied spin physics of materials and devices. Research in spin physics, also known as spin electronics or spintronics, exploits intrinsic spin and charge degrees of freedom with applications in efficient data storage and signal processing, and is of particular interest in quantum computing. Dr. Zhang has made a number of significant contributions that advance and expand the field, including his proposal that the dynamic equation explains how magnetic domain wall motion is driven by an electric current, which is now widely used as a standard model for analyzing vast experimental data sets and for designing novel devices. He also introduced a novel concept named spin- orbit torque that has become one of the most active research topics in the field. Finally, through collaboration with experimentalists, he theoretically predicted new, important spintronic phenomena that have been experimentally validated. With his students and postdocs, Dr. Zhang continues exploring novel spin physics in this exciting and fast-moving interdisciplinary field. 


Previous Galileo Circle Fellows


J. Roger P. Angel
Regents' Professor of Astronomy

Neal R. Armstrong
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Elizabeth and Keith Hege Galileo Circle Fellow

Carol A. Barnes
Regents' Professor of Psychology

Michael F. Brown
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Corporation Galileo Circle Fellow

Marta Civil
Professor of Mathematics

Peter G. DeCelles
Professor of Geosciences

M. Bonner Denton
Professor of Chemistry and Geosciences

Brian J. Enquist
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Xiaohui Fan
Associate Professor of Astronomy/Steward Observatory

Ildar Gabitov
Professor of Mathematics

George Gehrels
University Distinguished Professor of Geosciences

Jeff Greenberg
Professor of Psychology

Hoshin V. Gupta
Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources
Tucson Electric Power Galileo Circle Fellow

John G. Hildebrand
Regents’ Professor of Neuroscience

Jeannette D. Hoit
Professor, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Malcolm K. Hughes
Regents' Professor of Dendrochronology

Christopher Impey
UA Distinguished Professor of Astronomy

Dennis L. Lichtenberger
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Renu Malhotra
Professor of Planetary Sciences/LPL

William G. McCallum
UA Distinguished Professor of Mathematics

Alfred McEwen
Professor of Planetary Sciences/LPL

Fulvio Melia
Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Lisa M. Nagy
Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Roy Parker
Regents' Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Jon D. Pelletier
Professor of Geosciences

Jeanne E. Pemberton
Regents' Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Elena Plante
Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Jay Quade
Professor of Geosciences

Marcia J. Rieke
Professor of Astronomy

S. Scott Saavedra
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Joyce A. Schroeder
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Bio5 and Arizona Cancer Center

Adam Showman
Professor, Department of Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Richard Snodgrass
Professor of Computer Science

Brad H. Story
Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Peter A. Troch
Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources

Christopher K. Walker
Professor of Astronomy and Elizabeth and Keith Hege Galileo Circle Fellow

Joseph C. Watkins
Professor of Mathematics

Dennis Zaritsky
Professor, Department of Astronomy

Xubin Zeng
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences

Lucy M. Ziurys
Professor of Astronomy, and Chemistry and Biochemistry

Emeritus Galileo Circle Fellows

E. Philip Krider
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences/IAP

Lynn Nadel
Regents' Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science

Shlomo P. Neuman
Regents' Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources

Michael L. Rosenzweig
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

F. Ann Walker
Regents' Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Neville J. Woolf
Emeritus Professor of Astronomy

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