The University Record, April 17, 1995

Michigan Society of Fellows names four new members

Michigan Society of Fellows names four new members

The Michigan Society of Fellows has selected four new Fellows to serve three-year appointments as postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors. Fellows are chosen for their independent scholarship and interdisciplinary intellectual interests. During their tenure here, they will teach selected courses in their affiliated departments and continue their scholarly research.

The new fellows, their affiliated departments and research interests are:

Michael Allen, Department of History, is preparing a first critical edition of Histories by ninth-century Bishop Frechulf of Lisieux and plans a more general inquiry into the literary and visual representations of historical periods, symbolic events, and moments of change in Carolingian culture. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Sarah Caldwell, Department of Anthropology and Program on Studies of Religion, expects a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She plans to develop a cross-cultural theory of nonverbal cognition in ritual and artistic expressive forms and to bring new approaches to the study of nonverbal experience. More specifically, she will complete a book on ritual art in the Bhagavati cult of Kerala, South India.

Michael Gorman, who will be affiliated with the Department of Psychology and Program in Reproductive Sciences, holds a Ph.D. in biological psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He will study photorefractoriness in animals, cirannual rhythms, and human sexuality.

Kathleen Malone O'Connor, who holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Pennsylvania, will be affiliated with the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Her research will focus on qur'anic healing and talismanry within the larger network of medieval Islamic medicine.

Fellows appointed in previous years who will continue their affiliation with the society in 1995-96 are: Richard Connor, Department of Biology and the Museum of Zoology; Twila Tardif, Department of Psychology and the Center for Human Growth and Development; Paul Franks, Department of Philosophy; Rebecca Spang, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; P. David Polly, Department of Geological Sciences and the Museum of Paleontology; Ian Burney, Department of History; Gideon Bohak, Department of Classical Studies; and Barbara Ryan, Program in American Culture.

Unique to public universities, the Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 with grants from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds. The society provides financial and intellectual support to individuals selected for outstanding achievement, professional promise and interdisciplinary interests. Competition for the fellowships is open to individuals in the physical and life sciences, engineering, social sciences and education, the humanities and the arts.