Packard Fellow: Nancy Bonini
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has made a $500,000 award to Penn's Dr. Nancy Bonini, assistant pro-fessor of biology, as one of the 20 most promising science and engineering researchers at universities in the U.S. The award will support five years' research for Dr. Bonini, a Princeton alumna who took her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1987. She is currently working on genetic models of brain degeneration in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster).
Packard awards, established in 1988, have supported 200 Fellows at 44
institutions at a total of $100 million. Lynn Orr, dean of earth sciences
at Stanford and chair of the advisory panel that selects the Fellows, said
the "unrestricted nature of the fellowship along with the commitment
of funding for five years will enable these research groups to pursue lines
of inquiry that might be too risky for standard funding mechanisms."