Dr. Sarah Burnett has been awarded the 2022 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship, being one of the five women postdoctoral scientists chosen this year. Her research focuses on the flow of particle-liquid mixtures. Understanding how fluids behave when solids are incorporated is crucial for various applications such as mining, food processing, pharmaceuticals and during landslides.

“What if we could predict natural disasters like landslides, anticipating where they will happen and where they will occur? That’s just one potential application of my research,” said Dr. Burnett in her exclusive video interview with L’Oréal.

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science (FWIS) fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.

To learn more about Dr. Sarah Burnett, view her page here.

The full interview can be viewed here.

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“Hou, later joined by Chen, took advantage of the fact that, upon closer analysis, the approximate solution from 2013 seemed to have a special structure. As the equations evolved through time, the solution displayed what’s called a self-similar pattern: Its shape later on looked a lot like its earlier shape, only re-scaled in a specific way.

As a result, the mathematicians didn’t need to try to look at the singularity itself. Instead, they could study it indirectly by focusing on an earlier point in time. By zooming in on that part of the solution at the right rate — determined based on the solution’s self-similar structure — they could model what would happen later on, including at the singularity itself.”

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