Charlie Doering, Lizhen Ji and Kartik Prasanna are all recipients of 2014 Simons Fellowships.  The fellowships provide funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. The goal of the Simons Fellows Program is to make it easier to take such leaves, or to extend sabbatical leaves by an extra half year. The Simons Fellowships are provided by the Simons Foundation.