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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, November 14, 2018

UC Santa Barbara assistant professor David Patterson is one of the Packard Foundation’s 2018 Fellows

For UC Santa Barbara assistant professor David Patterson, the joy of being a scientist is getting to dive into the unknown, armed with the best of his knowledge and propelled by sheer curiosity.

“One of my friends told me that every scientist should have a moonshot in their plan,” said Patterson of the type of endeavor that, while perhaps not particularly profitable in the near-term, could eventually bring mankind one giant leap closer to understanding the universe and our place in it.

Thanks to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Fellowship for Science and Engineering, Patterson is preparing to take that leap. As one of 18 Packard Fellows for 2018, Patterson has been awarded the funding to follow his curiosity, an effort that could lead to insights into the mechanics of nature far beyond our own horizons.

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