The Michigan Society of Fellows has selected six new fellows out of 1,027 applications to serve three-year appointments as postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors, beginning this fall. 

The seventh, Chelsea Wood was selected in 2012-13 and deferred her start date until 2014. 

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:

• Michael Garratt, Pathology, University of Liverpool, “Understanding Lifespan Extension in Biology and Economics.”

• Yasmin Moll, Anthropology, New York University, “The Revolution Within:  Islamic Media in/for the New Egypt.”

• Amy Reines, Astronomy, University of Virginia, “The Origin of Supermassive Black Holes.”

• Leslie Rogers, Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Haggle, a Collaborative Sound, Sculpture, and Performance Installation.”

• Scott Selberg, Communication Studies, NYU, “Bioethics and Visual Culture.”

• Beckett Sterner, Philosophy, University of Chicago, “Evaluating the Mathematization of Scientific Practice.”

• Chelsea Wood, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Stanford University, “Ecology of Schistosomiasis.”

The Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 with grants from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds. In 2007, the Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to add four Mellon Fellows annually in the humanities, expanding the number of fellowships awarded each year.

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.