Science News Presents The SN 10: Scientists to Watch

Meet Science News’ List of 10 Young Scientists With a Passion for Problem Solving

WASHINGTON, DC, OCTOBER 2, 2019 – For the fifth consecutive year, Science News is spotlighting 10 early- and mid-career scientists on their way to greater widespread acclaim. Some members of the SN 10 class of 2019 are tackling problems of societal importance, from studying how climate change will affect food supplies to working to make education more equitable. Others are advancing our basic understanding of matter and life in the cosmos. Members of this year’s group are developing new tools to see deep into cells or into the mind, and are finding new routes to green fuels.

Each scientist included in the SN 10 was nominated by a Nobel laureate, recently elected member of the National Academy of Sciences or, for the first time, a scientist previously named to our SN 10 list. All are age 40 or under, and were selected by Science News staff for their potential to shape the science of the future.

Science News is proud to present this year’s SN 10:

  • Brett McGuire, 32, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Michelle O’Malley, 37, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Parag Pathak, 39, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Malin Pinsky, 38, Rutgers University
  • Stanley Qi, 36, Stanford University
  • Monika Schleier-Smith, 36, Stanford University
  • Maryam Shanechi, 38, University of Southern California
  • Seth Shipman, 36, Gladstone Institutes and University of California, San Francisco
  • Abigail Swann, 38, University of Washington
  • Andrea Young, 35, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Congratulations to all the scientists and engineers named to this prestigious list!” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News. “These amazing women and men are making ground-breaking discoveries. I am delighted that Science News is able to honor them.”

Nancy Shute, Editor in Chief of Science News, added, “We so often cover the results of scientists’ work, but not how they did that work, or what motivates them through the long, often frustrating research process. We’re thrilled to be able to recognize the work of these outstanding scientists, and to give people a glimpse into their remarkable lives.”

Abigail Swann has also been named the inaugural winner of the $1,000 Jon C. Graff, Ph.D. Prize for Excellence in Science Communications.  Swann was selected for her mastery of conveying complex ideas with clarity, making science accessible to a variety of audiences. In choosing a winner from the SN 10, the selection committee also considered the scientists’ use of media, acknowledgement of scientific research as iterative and ability to communicate the long-term value of their work.

The selection committee was composed of alumni of the Society’s science competitions. A Science News reader since 1974, Graff is a pioneer in digital cryptography.

View the 10 stories of these incredible scientists at

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