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Davis McCarthy, a statistician who works in the bioinformatics division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Australia, recently won a $150,000 scholarship from the General Sir John Monash Foundation that will be used to earn a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

McCarthy plans to begin his studies in the statistics department at UC Berkeley next fall. He hopes to create methods that will help biologists make sense of DNA sequence data.

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