Society of Fellows names four new members

The Michigan Society of Fellows has selected four individuals to serve three-year appointments as postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors. Fellows are young scholars chosen for their independent scholarship and interdisciplinary intellectual interests. During their stay here they teach selected

courses in their affiliated departments and continue their research.

The new fellows, their affiliated departments and research interests are:

Ian Burney, affiliated with the Department of History, will study the English inquest system from 1836 to 1926. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gideon Bohak expects a Ph.D. in religion and the Program in the Ancient World from Princeton University. His research focuses on ethnic diasporas in the Greco-Roman world. He will be affiliated with the Department of Classical Studies.

Paul David Polly, who will be affiliated with the Department of Geological Sciences and the Museum of Paleontology, holds a Ph.D. from Berkeley. His research focuses on the study of mammalian systematics and the examination of evolutionary mechanisms and patterns.

Barbara Ryan will receive a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Affiliated with the Program in American Culture, she will examine solicited testimony.

Fellows appointed in prior years who will continue their Society affiliation in 1994–95 are: Kathryn Oberdeck, history and Program in American Culture; Jae Choe, biology and the Museum of Zoology; Zoe Strother, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and history of art; Dror Wahrman, British history;

Dolly Wu, experimental physics;

Richard Connor, biology and Museum of Zoology; Paul Franks, philosophy; Rebecca Sprang, Romance languages and literature; Twila Tardif, psychology and Center for Human Growth and Development.

Unique to the nation’s public universities, the Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 through grants from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds.

The Society provides financial and intellectual support to individuals selected for outstanding achievement, professional promise and interdisciplinary interests. Competition for fellowships is open to candidates in the physical and life sciences, engineering, the social sciences and education, and the humanities and the arts.


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