Michigan Society of Fellows names new members


The Michigan Society of Fellows has selected six new fellows out of over 700 applications to serve three-year appointments as postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors, beginning this fall.

The fellows were chosen for the importance and quality of their scholarship and for their interest in interdisciplinary work.

During their tenure at the University of Michigan they will teach selected courses in their affiliated departments and continue their scholarly research.

The new fellows, with their affiliated department at U-M, their degree-granting institution, and their research project are:

  • Aaron Blanchard — Department of Biomedical Engineering; Emory University; The Mechanical Role of the Glycocalyx in Cancer Adhesion
  • Amy Clark — Department of English Language and Literature; University of California, Berkeley; Familiar Distances: Beating the Bounds of Early English Identity
  • Ben Green — Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Harvard University; Algorithms and Social Change
  • Choon Hwee Koh — History Department; Yale University; The Ottoman Postal System
  • Ellen Quarles — Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; University of Washington, Seattle; Elucidating the Role of Polyphosphate in Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Michaela Rife — Department of History of Art; University of Toronto; Public Art and the Dust Bowl: Mining, Art, and Community

Fellows appointed in previous years who will continue as members of the Society of Fellows are: Ania Aizman, Slavic languages and literatures; Shane DuBay, ecology and evolutionary biology; Joseph Feldblum, anthropology; Blake Gutt, romance languages and literatures; Mihaela Mihailova, screen arts and cultures; Mitchell Newberry, complex systems; Bryan Norwood, architecture; Carlos Peredo, earth and environmental sciences; Alvita Akiboh, history; Neil Gong, sociology; Heath Pearson, Afroamerican and African studies; Merel van’t Hoff, astronomy; Juan Ospina Velásquez, music.

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, the social sciences, education, the humanities, and the arts.


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