Eight UC Faculty Members Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Eight University of California researchers have been awarded Guggenheim
fellowships for 2005, the New York-based John Simon Guggenheim Memorial
Foundation has announced.

UC's eight faculty were among the 30 recipients in the Pacific Coast region
and among the 186 artists, scholars and scientists from more than 3,000
applicants in the United States and Canada for awards totaling $7,112,000.

Guggenheim fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement
and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. They include writers,
painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, choreographers, physical
and biological scientists, social scientists, and scholars in the
humanities. Many of them hold appointments in colleges and universities,
and a number have no academic affiliation.

More Guggenheim fellowships have been awarded to UC faculty than to any
other university or college. There have been approximately 1,250 Guggenheim
fellows from UC since 1930, according to the foundation.

This year's Guggenheim fellows at the University of California are:

- Donald J. Cosentino, a professor of cultural studies, UCLA, who is
researching a Los Angeles priestshaman and his Congo spirit.

- Sharon Ann Farmer, a professor of history, UC Santa Barbara, who is
researching Oriental luxuries, Parisian crafts and the making of Europe's
fashion capital.

- Simone Forti, a choreographer and adjunct assistant professor of dance,
UCLA, who will work on improvisation with movement and language, including
collaborative research and performances with her Los Angeles colleagues.

- Peter Gourevitch, a professor at the Graduate School of International
Relations and Pacific Studies, and professor of political science, UC San
Diego, who is researching financial institutions and corporate governance.

- Victoria E. Marks, a choreographer and professor of choreography and
performance, UCLA, whose project is to create performance work with
disabled veterans.

- Harryette Mullen, a poet and professor of English and African American
studies, UCLA, who is researching her American ancestors with the goal of
writing a creative family history.

- Katherine Sherwood, an artist and professor of art practice, UC Berkeley,
who will work on a series of mixed-media paintings incorporating cerebral
angiograms with 16th.century neuro-anatomy.

- Niek Veldhuis, an assistant professor of Assyriology, UC Berkeley, who is
researching the intellectual history of ancient Mesopotamia.

Guggenheim fellowships are grants made for a minimum of six months and a
maximum of 12 months. The average grant in 2005 is about $38,000.

The Guggenheim foundation has awarded more than $240 million in fellowships
to more than 15,500 individuals.

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