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The parents of a UC San Diego postdoctoral researcher who was killed last year in a car accident have donated $500,000 to the university to create an endowed fellowship in their son’s name.
Yinan Wang and his wife Rebecca perished after their Ford Focus crashed off a cliff in Sequoia National Park in Fresno County.
Wang was a researcher who had been working for Professor Kamil Godula, a chemist whose study of cells fight influenza.
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Wang’s parents — Jian Wang and Guozhen Luo — decided that they could build on their son’s work in the life sciences by donating $500,000 to the Division of Physical Sciences to create an endowed fellowship for junior faculty.
“We know that these bright future stars will contribute much to the scientific field that Yinan was so passionate about,” his parents said in a statement.
Steven Boggs, the dean of physical sciences, said, “Endowed junior faculty fellowships provide critical support to jump start the careers of exceptional young scientists — the future of our university.”