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Kavli Fellow Award

David Wright, Department of Chemistry, has been named a Kavli Fellow for 2011.  Kavli fellows are selected by the advisory board of the Kavli Foundation, members of the National Academy of Sciences and organizers of the Kavli/National Academy of Sciences Frontiers in Science Symposia series.  David presented his work, Biological and Biomimetic Materials:  Nature's Inspiration, at the 4th Indo-US Kavli Frontiers in Science Symposium.


Since 1989, the Academy has organized annual symposia on Frontiers of Science ( ). These symposia bring together some the very best young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields in a format that encourages informal collective as well as one-on-one discussions among participants. At each symposium, approximately 25 young scientists report on current research within their disciplines to an academically trained and scientifically diverse audience. They highlight major research challenges, methodologies, and limitations to progress at the frontiers of their respective fields. In 2005, the Oxnard, California-based  Kavli Foundation , which supports scientific research, honors scientific achievement, and promotes public understanding of scientists and their work, provided a 10-year, $5 million gift. This gift provides a solid financial foundation for the program over the next decade, enabling broader dissemination of the content of each symposium, and strengthening opportunities for continued connections between participants over the years.


The success of the Frontiers symposium series has spawned similar programs, such as the series on  Frontiers of Engineering  by the National Academy of Engineering, and the  German-American Frontiers of Science , under the auspices of the German-American Academic Council and in coordination with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society. In addition, Frontiers of Science symposia with  Japan  and China  began in 1998 and a bilaterial symposium with  India  started in early 2005. Thus, the Frontiers of Science symposia have become a major instrument in bringing together the best young researchers--the next generation of leaders--in the natural sciences and engineering fields, in the United States and around the world.