Two UC Irvine assistant professors – Christopher Vanderwal in chemistry and Daniel Whiteson in physics & astronomy – have received Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research fellowships. They’re among 118 scientists, mathematicians and economists this year awarded the $50,000 grants, which support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers. Sloan fellowships have been bestowed since 1955, with 38 fellows going on to win a Nobel Prize; 57 getting the National Medal of Science; and 14 garnering the Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics.