In its 2020 competition for the US and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded its Fellowships to artists, scientists, and scholars, chosen from some 3,000 applicants. Only one fellowship was awarded this year in Applied Mathematics (none in Mathematics or Statistics this year): to our contributing editor, Kavita Ramanan. Kavita is the Roland George Dwight Richardson University Professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. She is an interdisciplinary researcher whose work transcends boundaries and combines tools from a broad array of fields, including discrete probability, stochastic analysis and partial differential equations. She has introduced novel perspectives and developed innovative mathematical techniques for the analysis of stochastic networks and interacting particle systems,. She has also made fundamental contributions to the study of large deviations or rare events, with applications to asymptotic convex geometry and high-dimensional statistics.