University of Notre Dame alumnus Patrick Brown ’09, a dual Chemistry and Physics major, was among the 15 new recipients of prestigious fellowships from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. The fellowships — worth $250,000 each and lasting up to five years — empowers exceptional scientists and engineers the freedom to innovate in collaboration with leading professors in the field. The Hertz Foundation identifies the rare young scientists and engineers with the potential to change the world for the better and supports their research endeavors from an early stage. “The Hertz Foundation welcomes the 15 new Hertz Fellows to this community of leaders whose creativity and risk-taking are producing advances in science, technology, business, academia and government that address and attack the most important national and global problems," Hertz Foundation President Jay Davis said in a statement announcing the awards. Selected from more than 600 applicants, the 2010-2011 Hertz Fellows comprise 11 men and four women. For more information about the Hertz Foundation and the awardees, visit www.hertzfoundation.org.