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Harrington Fellows Bring World-Changing Ideas to The University of Texas at Austin

Mon, Dec 5, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — A biomedical engineer hoping to grow human organs, a psychologist examining why employees sometimes act in ways that destroy economic value, a mathematician exploring the limits of modern signal acquisition techniques, and a historian studying the intersections among Jewish, Greek, Roman and Christian traditions are spending much of this year at The University of Texas at Austin as Donald D. Harrington Fellows.

The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program is one of the best endowed visiting scholar and graduate fellow programs in the nation, and the most prestigious fellowship program at The University of Texas at Austin. Sybil Harrington established the program as a tribute to her husband, Don. The fellowships support young faculty members and graduate students who have academic records of success and ingenuity.

The Harrington Fellows dedicate themselves to a period of intense study in their chosen fields, collaborating and exploring ideas together and with other scholars on campus.

"The Harrington Fellowships allow us to attract the nation's best young faculty and graduate students to campus and to cultivate lasting relationships between UT and their home institutions," said President Bill Powers. "Sybil Harrington's generosity has helped nurture a robust intellectual environment here on the Forty Acres."

The four Faculty Fellows who have been on campus this fall and their areas of inquiry and home institutions are:

  • Ra'anan Boustan — Early Judaism, Jewish-Christian Relations, UCLA
  • Ali Khademhosseini — Microfabricated materials for tissue regeneration,
Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School
  • Lamar Pierce — Organizational strategy and ethics,
Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Rachel Ward — Mathematical signal processing,
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

The eight Graduate Fellows are:

  • Elizabeth Frederick-Rothwell — Historic preservation, University of California – Berkeley
  • Addison Kemp — Physical anthropology, Mount Holyoke College
  • Amanda Lanza — Cellular and metabolic engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Katherine Lininger — Geography and the environment, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Kathleen McElroy — News media studies, New York University
  • Thomas Rosenberg — Film production, Columbia University
  • Michael Turner — Middle Eastern languages and cultures, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Han-Gyol Yi — Communication sciences and disorders, Northwestern University

Go online for additional information about the Harrington Fellows Program.

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