Casey W. Dunn
Award Name : Alan T. Waterman Award
Year of Award : 2011
Award for : Science and Engineering
Location : Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Casey Dunn, an Assistant Professor at Brown University, does research that has a large computational component but always in conjunction with work in the field and lab. His first interest in computers stemmed from building electronics, and he further developed his computational skills working in Silicon Valley while an undergraduate. As his data sets grew larger and larger during grad school and his postdoc, he found himself reaching back to his computer background more often. In the course of his own research and helping other biologists with their computational challenges, he became concerned about the mismatch between training opportunities and the real day-to-day computational problems biologists face. He won Alan T. Waterman Award in 2011 for his gifted integration of field biology, genomics, and computational science that has led to changing our understanding of the evolutionary tree, integrating morphological and molecular perspectives on diversity, and developing new tools that are revolutionizing biology.