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Five UC faculty awarded Packard fellowships

Christina Harvey uses wind tunnels at the UC Davis College of Engineering to study bird flight.

Now in its 35th year, the Packard fellowships, awarded by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, aim to encourage blue-sky thinking by providing maximum flexibility through unrestricted funds that can be used in any way the fellows choose, including paying for necessities like child care.

Packard fellows have often grown into leaders in their fields, with recipients later earning Nobel Prizes, Fields Medals, and other accolades, including election to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

A quarter of the 20 fellowships granted this year went to UC faculty to support research that spans topics as vast and diverse as the science of pain and the future of flight.

Read about this year’s Packard fellows at the UC Newsroom


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