The University Record, April 19, 1999

Michigan Society of Fellows selects five new members for inerdisciplinary work

From the Michigan Society of Fellows

The Michigan Society of Fellows has selected five new fellows to serve three-year appointments as postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors in 1999-2002. Fellows are chosen for their independent scholarship and interdisciplinary intellectual interests. During their tenure at the University, they will teach selected courses in their affiliated departments and continue their scholarly research.

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

Gregery Buzzard, Department of Mathematics, who holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the U-M, will focus on several complex variables and dynamics. He is currently at Cornell University on a National Science Foundation grant.

Grant Parker will be affiliated with the Department of Classical Studies. He expects his Ph.D. in June from Princeton University. His dissertation and research interests focus on Graeco-Roman impressions of Indian sages.

Daniel Rothenberg, Department of Anthropology, holds a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago. Rothenberg is currently an instructor in the Criminology, Law and Society Program at the University of California, Irvine. His postdoctoral research is on the cultural logic and long-term impact of state terror in Latin America.

Robert Self will be affiliated with the Department of History. He received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington, and presently is a postdoctoral lecturer at Stanford University. Self is a social and political historian of the recent United States, and his research will be on Oakland and the East Bay, with attention to issues of race politics and urban space.

Peter Wilf will be affiliated with the Museum of Paleontology and the Department of Geological Sciences. He has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Pennsylvania and is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Wilf is a geological paleobotanist with major research interests in global change, the use of fossils as climate indicators, the origins of modern plant life and the evolution of herbivory. He will examine whether fossil leaves can be used to estimate ancient climates.

Fellows appointed in previous years who will continue their affiliation with the Society in 1999-2000 are: Paul Anderson, Department of History and Program in American Culture; Jochen Hellbeck, Department of History; Linda Ivany, Department of Geological Sciences and the Museum of Paleontology; Adam Smith, departments of Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies, and the Museum of Anthropology; Laura Swartzbaugh, Program in Urban and Regional Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Oz Frankel, Department of History; Tiffany Holmes, School of Art and Design; Ram Mahalingam, Department of Psychology; and Carla Mazzio, Department of English Language & Literature.

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 professional promise and interdisciplinary interests. Competition for the fellowships is open to eligible candidates in the physical and life sciences, engineering, social sciences and education, the humanities and the arts.