News in Brief: Berkeley Professors Awarded Four Guggenheim Fellowships



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Four UC Berkeley professors have been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim fellowships for their diverse achievements.

The fellowships, which come with six to 12-month-long grants, are awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York to accomplished writers, artists, scientists and scholars.

Alexei Filippenko, a UC Berkeley professor of astronomy, received the award for his research on the expansion of the universe.

Donald DePlo, a UC Berkeley graduate and now a professor of geochemistry, was awarded the fellowship for the geochemical effects of magma generation and transport.

Lauren Edelman, a UC Berkeley professor of law and sociology, was chosen for work on the development of civil rights laws in the workplace.

Daniel Rokhsar, a physics professor, was awarded the fellowship for his work in computational biology. He is also head of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's computational and theoretical biology.

The foundation awarded fellowships to 182 winners from a pool of 2,900 applicants. The average grant this year is approximately $34,000.

Other UC faculty members who received fellowships include Patricia Cheng, a psychology professor at UCLA; Amelia Jones, an art history professor at UC Riverside; Susanne Lohmann, a political science professor at UCLA; Donka Minkova, an English professor at UCLA; and Vicente Rafael, a communications professor at UC San Diego.

The Guggenheim foundation has awarded grants totaling $192 million to nearly 15,000 distinguished fellows.

UC Berkeley Student Awarded Truman Scholarship

A UC Berkeley junior has received the Truman Scholarship, a leadership award designed as a memorial to the 33rd U.S. President.

Celina Yong was one of 61 scholars selected from a pool of 599 candidates to receive the $30,000 scholarship. Yong will receive $3,000 for her senior year and $27,000 for two or three years of graduate school.

Yong, a molecular environmental biology major originally from Rohnert Park, plans to go to medical school and pursue a masters in public health. She has extensive volunteer experience, having worked at a medical clinic in Ecuador, the emergency room at San Francisco General Hospital and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where she researched lung proteins.

Yong also interned in health care policy at The White House.

During her time at UC Berkeley, Yong has earned a 3.971 GPA while helping youth, writing, and exercising her ballet skills. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Issues Berkeley Medical Journal, and is national director of Promise America, which she founded in 1998 to encourage impoverished elementary school students to work toward their goals. The program is now located in 22 states.

Yong is also a member of the university's Student Health Advisory Committee, and she writes poetry.

Truman Scholars are nominated from their colleges and universities. The award was established in honor of former U.S. President Harry Truman in 1975, three years after his death.

The first Truman Scholars were chosen in 1977, and since that time 2,003 students have received the award.

As a winner, Yong has also been invited to receive her award in a ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., in May. Winners will also convene at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., for a leadership conference.

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