There were no numbers to call to vote for your faves, no two-hour television specials, and no radio disc jockey emceeing the selection process. Unlike American Idol, where you America get to decide, the Guggenheim Foundation’s Board of Trustees have chosen this year’s Fellowship awardees. The fellowship awards are intended to provide financial support to people who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. We like to imagine, as the list of people below suggests, the board of trustees just might have said phrases like “dog, check it out” or “you rocked the house man” in their unabashed enthusiam for the work by this year’s fellows.
Congratulations to this year’s wicked smart Massachusetts Guggenheim Fellows!
Music Composition: Yu-Hui Chang, Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Brandeis University.
Film: Sam Kauffmann, Associate Professor of Film, Boston University.
Fine Arts: Paul Laffoley, Founder, Boston Visionary Cell, Inc: Fine arts.
General Nonfiction: Jessica Eve Stern, Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School.
Poetry: Daniel Tobin, Professor and Chair, Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College.
Physics: Janet M. Conrad, Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Engineering: Patrick Doyle, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
History of Science and Technology: Peter Galison, Director, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University.
African Studies: Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, Harvard University.
Literary Criticism: Lisa Rodensky, Wellesley College, English Department.
Music Research: Alexander Rehding, Professor of Music, Harvard University.
Law: Jeannie Suk, Professor, Harvard Law School
Astronomy – Astrophysics: Priya Natarajan, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University
Chemistry: Udayan Mohanty, Professor of Chemistry, Boston College.
Photo Credit: Image of Paul Laffoley from his website.