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In the news: between April 20 - 27, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the media between April 20 and 27, 2015

New $200,000 Carnegie Fellowships to Aid Researchers in Humanities and Social Science - The New York Times

The first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship were announced. The Fellowship is a new award intended to support research in the beleaguered humanities and social sciences.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York, which announced its first class of 32 fellows on Wednesday, will provide grants of up to $200,000 to each recipient. The award, to be given annually, supports a year or two of full-time research and writing leading to the publication of a book or study.

The size of the new award, one of the richest of its kind, invites comparison to the MacArthur Fellowship, known colloquially as “genius grants.”

This year’s 32 winners were chosen from a pool of more than 300 candidates, who were nominated by leaders in higher education, philanthropy and publishing and then asked to submit research proposals on the theme of “Current and Future Challenges to U.S. Democracy and International Order.”

Gregory T. Cushman, an environmental historian at the University of Kansas, won support for a project called “The Anthropocene: A People’s History of the Earth Under Human Domination.” 

Susan Hockfield, a former president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and head of the selection panel, said that the humanities and social sciences were essential to understanding today’s world.

Science and technology “are critical for building a foundation for understanding how our world works,” she said. “But science and technology alone cannot solve the world’s most pressing problems.”

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