Four Brown assistant professors have won Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation so far in 2011, earning more than $1 million combined for their research. The program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research. The grants will help applied mathematician Hongjie Dong to tackle problems in differential equations, biostatistician Zhijin Wu to develop methods for understanding RNA sequence data, chemist Jason Sello to investigate how bacteria metabolize biomass, and computer scientist Benjamin Raphael to create algorithms for genomic analysis.