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Eight UC Faculty Members Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

April 18, 2005

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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