Mike Brown and his wife, Nancy, have literally helped build a new university with their generosity.
Students soon will be investigating how birds flock, fireflies synchronize and bees swarm in a new Complex Dynamical Systems Laboratory made possible thanks to a $250,000 grant from The Fletcher Jones Foundation. CDS is an emerging disciplinary field, and the new La Verne lab will house high-performance computer workstations and experimental equipment to facilitate student-faculty research collaborations in fluid dynamics, solid state physics, applied mathematics, biophysics, and pattern formation.
“Receiving the Fletcher Jones grant will be a tremendous boost to the physics and mathematics programs,” said David Chappell, associate professor of Physics and principal investigator of the grant.
According to Chappell, employers from small technical firms to national laboratories look for individuals who excel in mathematics, physics and other technical fields and are proficient in using computational programming environments to solve complex data-driven problems.
Based in Pasadena, The Fletcher Jones Foundation provides support for private higher-educational institutions, especially those located in California.