High Honors: Six Guggenheims; Three Sloan Fellowships

Faculty members in the humanities and sciences have again been honored with prestigious fellowships awarded annually by the Guggenheim and Sloan foundations.

Six Berkeley professors are among 152 artists, scholars and scientists receiving Guggenheim awards this year from among 2,856 applicants for awards totaling $4.3 million.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships are based on "unusually distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment."

In addition, three Berkeley scholars are among 100 nationwide who have been named outstanding young scientists and awarded Sloan Research Fellowships by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Awarded Guggenheim awards this year are:

o Nancy J. Chodorow, professor of sociology, for research into personal meaning and the psychoanalytic encounter.

o Susanna Elm, associate professor of history, for work in fourth-century images of Christ's imperial body.

o James Gordley, professor of law, to explore unity in Western private law.

o Timothy Hampton, associate professor of French, comparative literature and Italian studies, for work in literature and nationalism in Renaissance France.

o Carolyn Merchant, professor of environmental history, philosophy and ethics, for work looking at women, nature and narrative.

o Franklin E. Zimring, William Simon Professor of Law and director of the Earl Warren Legal Institute, to examine lethal violence and its control in America.

Receiving Sloan Research Fellowships are:

o Martin Head-Gordon, assistant professor of chemistry.

o Matthew Rabin, assistant professor of economics.

o Lars Bildsten, assistant professor of physics.


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