2018 October Madness: Announcement of Champions

by User Not Found | Sep 25, 2018

After collecting public nominations and three rounds of voting, we're ready to announce your top predictions for the 2018 Nobel Prizes in chemistry, physics, and physiology or medicine! 

Your prediction for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry is...

Stuart L. Schreiber for pioneering chemical insights into the logic of signal transduction and gene regulation that led to new therapeutics and for applications of small-molecule probes.

Schreiber is the Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and a founding core member of the Broad Institute. 

Champion Bracket, Chemistry

Your prediction for the Nobel Prize in Physics is...

Sandra M. Faber for leadership in numerous path-breaking studies of extra-galactic astronomy and galaxy formation. 

Faber is a Sigma Xi member and professor emerita of astronomy and astrophysics at University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Champion Bracket, Physics

Your prediction for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is...

Joseph Vacanti, Robert Langer, and Anthony Atala for the discovery of regenerative medicine (tissue engineering,) and perfecting of related inventions.

Vacanti is a surgeon–scientist in the field of pediatric surgery and transplantation surgery for Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 

Langer is a Sigma Xi member and an Institute Professor in Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Chemical Engineering. 

Atala is the director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University.

Champion Bracket, Physiology or Medicine

Congratulations to these researchers! 

Raffle Winner

Winifred Creamer is the 2018 raffle winner for voting in the finals round. She wins an American Scientist candy-filled mug, Sigma Xi button, and the latest American Scientist issue.

Raffle Prize

Thanks to everyone for voting! 

What Happens Next

  1. Watch for the official Nobel Prize announcements. 
    The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Monday, October 1, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
    The Nobel Prize in Physics - Tuesday, October 2, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest 
    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Wednesday, October 3, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest 
    The Nobel Peace Prize - Friday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.
    The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel - Monday, October 8, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
    The Nobel Prize in Literature - The Swedish Academy has decided to postpone the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, with the intention of awarding it in 2019. 
    Times listed are local time in Sweden.
  2.  See what others are predicting for this year's Nobel Prizes. 
    The 2018 Clarivate Analytics Citation Laureates
    "2018 Nobel Prize Predictions," via Everyday Scientist
    "Who Will Win the #ChemNobel? Predicting the 2018 Nobel Laureate(s) in Chemistry," an American Chemical Society webinar on September 27.
  3. Check back here on Keyed In on October 5 to see if anyone won the prize of one year of dues for Sigma Xi membership (for current members only) or for the Sigma Xi Affiliate Circle. Those whose October Madness nominees win a Nobel Prize are eligible for the raffle.
  4. Take a look back on October Madness through the years:
    2017 Predictions
    2016 Predictions
    2015 Predictions
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