Faculty Members Win Fellowships


Three Columbia faculty members are among 100 outstanding young scientists to receive Sloan Research Fellowships.

Marc Paul Kamionkowski, assistant professor of physics; Zlil Sela, associate professor of mathematics, and Rafael Yuste, assistant professor of biological sciences, will each receive grants of $35,000 over two years to support research in their fields.

Kamionkowski is a specialist in theoretical particle physics and astrophysics. Sela studies hyperbolic geometry, topology and group theory. Yuste is a neuroscientist engaged in research on the development and function of the cortical microcircuitry.

The Columbia researchers are among faculty from 54 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada selected to receive Sloan Fellowships. The program was created in 1955 to support research by promising scientists early in their careers. Nineteen former Sloan Fellows have received Nobel prizes.

With the current awards, the foundation has awarded over $72 million for support of more than 3,100 young researchers.

Darcy B. Kelley, a Columbia neuroscientist, is a member of the committee of 18 distinguished scientists who reviewed this year's 400 nominees for the fellowships. Candidates are nominated by department chairs and other senior scholars.


Three faculty members at Columbia and Barnard--a film maker, poet and sculptor--have received Guggenheim Fellowships for 1996, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced.

Lucie Brock-Broido, a poet and associate professor of writing, and John Kessler, a sculptor and assistant professor of visual arts, both faculty members in the School of the Arts, and Jennifer Montgomery, a film maker and adjunct professor of women's studies at Barnard, are among 158 artists, scholars and scientists who received the prestigious fellowships. They were selected from 2,791 applicants.

Brock-Broido, formerly the director of the Creative Writing Program at Harvard, is the author of A Hunger (1988) and a recipient of the Grolier Poetry Prize. Kessler has had solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Chicago and Houston and has been a Whitney Museum fellow. His work is the subject of a 1994 book, John Kessler's Asia. Montgomery's first feature film, Art for Teachers of Children, an autobiographical drama about boarding school, received critical praise last year. She is currently working on an adaptation of J.K. Huysman's Against Nature.

Guggenheim Fellows are chosen for outstanding achievement in the arts, humanities and sciences. This year's winners will share $4.5 million in awards.

Columbia University Record -- May 15, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 27