The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2016 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering.
Eighteen early-career researchers in the fields of astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer/information sciences, ecology, engineering, geosciences, and physics will receive $875,000 each over five years to pursue their research. Launched in 1988 to provide young scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their work, the program invites fifty universities every year to nominate two faculty members for consideration. Packard Fellows must be eligible to serve as principal investigators on research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering, and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers.
This year's fellows include Margaret Chatham Crofoot (University of California, Davis), who conducts field-based experiments to determine how wild primates living in groups overcome conflicts of interest to achieve shared goals; Bo Li (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), who studies the chemistry of bacterial genomes; Ankur Moitra (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), who aims to develop algorithms with provable guarantees for fundamental problems in machine learning; and Noah John Planavsky (Yale University), who is developing a toolkit to track the dynamics of marine primary productivity.
"Year after year, we continue to be inspired by the Packard Fellows' creativity, leadership in their fields, and important breakthroughs in various fields of science and engineering," said Frances Arnold, director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center at the California Institute of Technology and chair of the Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel. "The revolutionary work of these talented researchers has the ability to profoundly impact the lives of their students and all of us in the world at large."
For a list of this year's Packard Fellowship recipients, see the Packard Foundation website.