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Four faculty win prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

Berridge (Photo by Todd McKinney)
Botti (Photo courtesy School of Music)
Irvine (Photo courtesy Judith Irvine)
Saxonhouse (Photo by James F.X. O'Gara)

Four University faculty members are among 186 winners of the 2005 Guggenheim Fellowships, awarded to artists, scholars and scientists for distinguished past achievements and exceptional promise of future accomplishments.

U-M's fellows are: Kent Berridge, professor of psychology; Susan Botti, a composer and assistant professor of music composition; Judith Irvine, professor of anthropology; and Gary Saxonhouse, professor of economics.

The fellowship winners are selected from more than 3,000 applicants for awards totaling more than $7.1 million.

Berridge says the fellowship is a "surprising stroke of good fortune" that will support a yearlong sabbatical with colleagues at Cambridge University in England. The goal is to sharpen their conceptual thinking about the psychology and neurobiology of reward, he says.

"I'm delighted and grateful to the Guggenheim Foundation—and to my Michigan colleagues and students for our collaborative work together that made my Guggenheim application successful," Berridge says.

Botti will spend next year in residence at the American Academy in Rome. She will compose vocal chamber works and conduct research, thanks to the Guggenheim and to support from the University, she says.

"I am thrilled and honored to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship," says Botti, who also received the Rome Prize in Music Composition this year. "It all feels somewhat unreal at this point—truly an idyllic opportunity."

Irvine says she hopes to complete a draft of a book on the politics of colonial-era studies of sub-Saharan African languages: "Colonizing African Languages: Ideologies of Language, Politics of Empire." In addition, she wants to make progress on a co-authored book on the concept of language ideology.

"To receive a Guggenheim Fellowship is an absolutely wonderful gift," Irvine says. "I feel enormously honored by the recognition, and privileged to have the opportunity for a year's unfettered work on the projects that especially fascinate me."

Saxonhouse will use his fellowship to study "The Evolution of Labor Standards in Japan: Human Rights, Scientific Management, and International Economic Conflict."

"This award is quite wonderful," he says. "I am very gratified by the Guggenheim Foundation's high evaluation of my past work, and by its confidence in the promise of my ongoing research."

Since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has granted almost $240 million in fellowships to more than 15,500 individuals.

 

 

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