Science News Presents The SN 10: Scientists to Watch

WASHINGTON, DC, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 – For the fourth year, Science News is spotlighting 10 early- and mid-career scientists on their way to widespread acclaim for tackling the big questions facing science and society. Members of the SN 10 class of 2018 are skilled at moving between scientific worlds. One uses physics to learn how cell movement in the lungs encourages asthma. Another sees architecture in how volcanoes build planets. Another asks if the proteins of biology can teach a materials scientist how to make self-repairing batteries.

Each scientist included in the SN 10 was nominated by a Nobel laureate or recently elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. 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:

  • Shahzeen Attari, Indiana University Bloomington, Age 37
  • Emily Balskus, Harvard University, Age 38
  • Ibrahim Cissé, MIT, Age 35
  • Christopher Hamilton, University of Arizona, Age 39
  • Paula Jofré, University of San Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile, Age 36
  • Douglas Stanford, Institute for Advanced Study and Stanford University, Age 31
  • Lisa Manning, Syracuse University, Age 38
  • Joaquín Rodriguez-López, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Age 35
  • Anshumali Shrivastava, Rice University, Age 33
  • Jenny Tung, Duke University, Age 36

“Each year, I am more and more impressed by the scientists who are selected to this prestigious list,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News. “These scientists are making an enormous impact. I congratulate all the members of the SN 10 class of 2018.”

Nancy Shute, Editor in Chief of Science News, added, “It’s not surprising that members of the SN 10 class of 2018 are looking to other disciplines to find solutions to some of our world’s grandest challenges. Today’s best scientists understand that they need to think beyond boundaries and what has been done before. There’s a fearlessness and drive that made these researchers stand out.”

View the 10 stories of these incredible scientists at

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