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Joshua Plotkin: Packard Fellow
November 10, 2009, Volume 56, No. 11



Dr. Joshua Plotkin, the Martin Meyerson Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, with appointments in biology in SAS and computer and information science in SEAS, has been awarded an $875,000 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

Dr. Plotkin was one of 16 researchers chosen out of 99 nominees from 50 universities. His research involves mapping genetic information in nature through the use of mathematical formulas. He will develop realistic mathematical models, and use them to quantify the forces that shape genetic variation in nature. 

“Each year the Packard Foundation is honored to support a cadre of innovative young scientists and engineers who are attacking some of the most important research questions of our time,” Lynne Orr, chairman of the foundation, said. “Their research, and the talented students who will work in their research groups, will continue to have a profound impact on the science and engineering community for years to come.”

David Packard established the Fellowship in 1988 in hopes of improving the fields of science and engineering at a collegiate level. The program seeks out unique and ambitious projects by up-and-coming researchers.

Almanac - November 10, 2009, Volume 56, No. 11