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Columbia Boasts Five 2004 John Simon Guggenheim Fellows

Five Columbia faculty members were recently awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, to be used to pursue endeavors ranging from works of non-fiction to mathematical research.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation appoints fellows based on past distinguished achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. Fellows generally use blocks of time -- from six months to a year -- to work on their creative endeavors.

This year, the winners include a total of 185 artists, scholars and scientists selected from more than 3,200 applicants across the United States and Canada for awards totaling $6.9 million.

Bill Berkeley , an adjunct professor of international affairs, is an esteemed writer. He is a former investigative reporter and editorial writer for The New York Times and the author of The Graves Are Not Yet Full: Race, Tribe and Power in the Heart of Africa.

The Guggenheim Fellowship is in support of his current book project, a re-examination of the Iran hostage crisis as seen a generation later. He is focusing on the surviving Iranian hostage-takers, some of whom have emerged in middle-age as leading figures in Iran 's reformist movement. The book will also illuminate the complex dynamics of contemporary Iran through the prism of the hostage crisis.

Berkeley received a A.B. in 1979 from Harvard in history and literature, and later attended Yale Law School on a yearlong fellowship for journalists. He has served as a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute at the New School for Social Research and has written on domestic and foreign affairs for The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, among other publications.

Panagiota Daskalopoulos is a professor of mathematics whose areas of expertise are partial differential equations, differential geometry and harmonic analysis.

She will use the Guggenheim award to devote more time to her research and to complete a book she is writing with Carlos Kenig, with whom she studied at the University of Chicago, titled Porous Medium Equation and Related Topics.

Before joining the Columbia faculty in 2001, she taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of California at Irvine . Daskalopoulos has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 1998, and has presented her research at institutions worldwide.

Sarah McPhee is a visiting associate professor of art history. She currently is writing a book titled Bernini's Mistress: A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini. Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini was a great artist of 17th-century Rome.

McPhee's previous books include Bernini and the Bell Towers , Architecture and Politics at the Vatican and Filippo Juvarra: Drawings from the Roman Period 1704–1714, Part II. She has lectured extensively and has written for publications that include the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, The Burlington Magazine and Studi Piemontesi.

McPhee also is an associate professor of art history at Emory University. She received her A.B. in art history in 1982 from Harvard University, and her master's in 1988 and doctorate in 1997 in art history from Columbia University.

Honor Moore is an adjunct professor in creative nonfiction writing at the School of the Arts. Her Guggenheim Fellowship will support her forthcoming book, The Bishop's Daughter, a memoir about her relationship with her father, Paul Moore Jr., the late Episcopal bishop of New York . She also will use the time to complete a new book of poems titled Red Shoes.

Moore's previous works include two books of poetry, Memoir and Darling, a finalist for the James Laughlin Award, as well as the book The White Blackbird, a Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter. She also edited The New Women's Theatre: Ten Plays by Contemporary American Women.

She has taught at Columbia since 2001. In addition, Moore is currently a member of the creative nonfiction core faculty at the New School.

Gwendolyn Wright is a professor of architecture, planning and preservation who has taught at Columbia for two decades. The Guggenheim will support her work on a book titled Modern Housing in America that specifically focuses on multi-unit enclaves, particularly subsidized or "social housing," as well as various systems for mass-producing single-family dwellings.

Her previous books include Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America, Moralism and the Model Home: Domestic Architecture and Cultural Conflict in Chicago, 1873-1913 and The Politics of Design in French Colonial Urbanism. Wright received her B.A. in 1969 from New York University and her Master's in Architecture in 1974 and her doctorate in 1978 from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Published: May 18, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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