The first one is by a fellow scientist (go say ‘Hi!’ to Physicist at Large)
I stumbled upon two stories by a young writer of increasing acclaim, A. Merc Rustad
Aaaaand, 2016 Nebula and Hugos!
Madeleine (2016 Nebula short-story finalist)
And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead (2016 Hugo and 2016 Nebula novelette finalist)
(More Nebula finalists here)