2019 October Madness: Final 4

by Lindsay Holton | Sep 25, 2019

We're down to the Final 4 of Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness! Vote to make sure your top picks make it to the finals. Each person is eligible to cast one vote per category, for a total of three votes.  

Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on September 30, 2019, for the Final 4 round.


Final 4 Voting

Chemistry: Vote Now


2019 Final Four Bracket Chemistry

The Final 4 chemistry match-ups are:

1. 
Jennifer Doudna, for her co-discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 genetic engineering technology
vs.
Stuart Schrieiber,  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

2. 
John Goodenough, for the discovery of the Li-Co-O battery material
vs. 
Carolyn Bertozzi, for her work on bio orthogonal chemistry
 

Physics: Vote Now

2019 Final 4 Bracket Physics 

The Final 4 physics match-ups are:

1.
Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, for discovery of first radio pulsars
vs.
Lene Vestergaard Hau, for her work on slowing down and stopping light

2.  
David Nguyen, for creating the Time Projection Chamber, an electronic bubble chamber, which has enabled discoveries in various fields
vs. 
Edward Stone (and the Voyager team), for heading the Voyager I/II missions, which have explored all of the outer planets and are now cruising interstellar space (the first human-made objects to do so).


Physiology or Medicine: Vote Now

2019 Final Four Bracket Physiology or Medicine 

The Final 4 physiology or medicine match-ups are:

1.
James Thomson, for pioneer work in human embryonic stem cell research (1998) and induced pluripotent stem cell research
vs.
Mary-Claire King, for the discovery of the “breast cancer gene”

2. 
Joseph Schlessinger, for working out pathways of signaling from receptor tyrosine kinases
vs. 
David Baulcombe, for his work on small interfering RNA

 

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