UC Berkeley News



21 January 2004

History major wins Marshall Scholarship
A Berkeley student with a profound interest in human-rights work has been awarded a prestigious Marshall Scholarship from the British government. History major Elizabeth Wang, 22, a Napa native, plans to study human rights at the London School of Economics.

The scholarship, one of the highest honors a college student can receive, has been awarded to 44 students across the country, seven of them in California. It allows graduating college students to pursue advanced degrees at academic institutions in the United Kingdom. Winners are selected based on their academic excellence, leadership potential, and interest in society.

Wang’s interest in human rights is rooted in her family’s experience — her grandparents have recounted stories of living through the Japanese occupation of China — but it grew as she studied history and wondered why mass atrocities occurred and how people handled them. Since her freshman year, Wang’s work for the campus’s War Crimes Study Center fueled her interest in the field.

The $50,000 scholarship covers tuition, books, living expenses and transportation to and from the United States.

Five at Berkeley named for Fulbrights
Five Berkeley faculty members and administrators were awarded Fulbright Scholar grants for 2003-04. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the scholarship offers recipients the opportunity to lecture or conduct research abroad. Each year 800 American faculty and professionals receive the award.
UC Berkeley’s recipients are:

John Garamendi, Jr.
The campus’s Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations was awarded a grant to lecture on philanthropy in higher education at the University of Montevideo in Uruguay.

Brian Brodhead Glaser
A postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English in the College of Letters and Science, Glaser will be a Junior Lecturer at the University of Dusseldorf in Germany. He will lecture on American poetry, historical novels, and current theoretical perspectives on American literature.

Bronwyn Hall
A professor in the Department of Economics in L&S, Hall has received the prestigious Distinguished Chair award at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Professor Hall’s research and teaching interests include the economics and econometrics of innovation, technical change, and intellectual property, as well as comparative empirical studies of innovation under different institutional structures.

Lorraine Midanik
A professor and associate dean in the School of Social Welfare, Midanik will be researching a number of areas while at Stockholm University in Sweden, including funding priorities, the perception of alcohol problems, and treatment and prevention services in Sweden.

David Sedlak
An associate professor in civil and environmental engineering, Sedlak received his scholarship to lecture on and research the removal of wastewater-derived contaminants in water-recycling systems in Australia and the United States at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.