Pradeep Sharma Wins PNAS Cozzarelli Prize for Paper on Musical Perception

Selected from thousands, Sharma’s manuscript on music is chosen winner in Engineering and Applied Sciences Category; hair cells of inner ear appear key

When Pradeep Sharma, PhD, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Interim Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering, at the University of Houston, won the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 2023 Cozzarelli Prize, it was music to his ears on different octaves. First, his paper is the only winner in the Engineering and Applied Sciences category chosen from more than 3,000 research articles that appeared last year in PNAS. Another key for Sharma’s concerto of cheer is because the paper examines the complex phenomenon of musical perception and begins to answer the incredibly complex question, ‘Why do some people hear music better than others?’ 

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