Eight named CAS fellows
By Shannon Vicic
Eight faculty members on the Urbana-Champaign campus were appointed fellows
in the Center for Advanced Study for the 1997-98 academic year by the UI
Board of Trustees at its meeting April 10 in Urbana.
The appointments provide untenured faculty members one semester of release
time for creative work on self-initiated programs of scholarly research
or professional activity. The fellows are chosen in an annual competition
by professors in the center.
Two of the appointees have been designated Beckman Fellows. Named for
UI alumnus and benefactor Arnold O. Beckman, the appointments recognize
outstanding younger candidates who have made distinctive scholarly contributions
in the sciences.
Faculty members named Beckman Fellows, and the research they intend to
- Zhi-Pei Liang, electrical and computer engineering, signal-processing
issues confronting functional brain mapping using magnetic resonance imaging.
- Peter A. Petillo, chemistry, polymerization strategies for carbohydrate
Faculty members named fellows, and the research they intend to pursue:
- Zong-Qi Cai, East Asian languages and cultures, a study of Liu
Xie's "The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons," a premodern
Chinese work of literary criticism.
- Rodney W. Johnson, animal sciences, age-related changes in the
expression of interleukin-1b in the brain.
- Eva Pomerantz, psychology, the development of sex differences
in depressive symptoms.
- Surya Vanka, art and design, graphic symbols and their cross-cultural
- Arlette Willis, curriculum and instruction, a study of the history
of Calhoun Colored School, an independent African-American boarding school.
- Robert A. Wilson, philosophy, concepts of the individual and
the roles they play in a range of biological, cognitive and social sciences.
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