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U chemist Jessica Swanson, who harnesses methane-eating bacteria to fight climate change, named Cottrell Scholar

Jessica Swanson, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Utah, has been named a 2024 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

This prestigious award recognizes early-career faculty who are advancing innovation in both research and education. As part of her award, Swanson will receive $120,000 over three years to advance her bioenergy research, which explores bacterial methane oxidation in search of ways to reduce concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, as well as her educational program.