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Brown's Career Development Award aims to create opportunities for faculty to meet senior colleagues with a high degree of social capital. These meetings could significantly affect a faculty member's ability to participate in new collaborations. The award provides funding for individual faculty to develop peer networks, nationally or internationally, and increases their access to opportunity.

Ben's research is focused on developing and applying computational and mathematical methods to biological questions. To obtain this award, Ben proposed a series of meetings with colleagues with the aims of: 1) developing mentoring and collaborative relationships with senior scientists; (2) training two female graduate students in a discipline underrepresented by women; and (3) continuing research collaborations.