Harrington Fellows for 2012-2013 Reflect International Scope of Program

Feb. 5, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — Scholars representing a broad range of countries and cultures are among the recipients of 2012-2013 Donald D. Harrington Fellowships at The University of Texas at Austin. The six faculty and six graduate fellows from Canada, Germany, India, Spain, Taiwan and the United States are on campus for a period of intense study in their chosen fields, collaborating and exploring ideas together and with other scholars on campus.

The Harrington Fellows are actively engaged in diverse areas of research. Whether it is investigating metamaterial applications in cloaking and invisibility, researching the developmental origins of children’s conceptual knowledge about other people, computationally modeling human perception and learning, or developing novel statistical methodology to solve complex problems in finance and genomics, the Fellows are focused on unsolved problems and challenges.

“The Harrington Fellows embody what is best about higher education – diverse people studying diverse subjects to build humanity’s body of knowledge. I’m so proud The University of Texas is home to this program and to these 12 extraordinary scholars,” said Bill Powers, president of The University of Texas at Austin and chairman of the board for the Harrington Fellows Program.

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. The fellowships support young faculty members and graduate students who have extraordinary academic records and a broad range of distinctive achievements. Sybil Harrington, the granddaughter of one of the first families to settle Amarillo, established the program as a tribute to her husband, Donald D. Harrington.

The six faculty fellows who have been on campus this year and their areas of inquiry and home institutions are:

  • Ashwini Deo — Semantic change and grammaticalization, Yale University
  • Petra Liedl — Architecture and the interplay among climate, building and humans, Technische Universität München in Germany.
  • David Liu — Cognitive development, University of California - San Diego
  • Alan McGaughey — Nanoscale energy transport and conversion, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Abel Rodriguez — Statistics and decision sciences, University of California - Santa Cruz
  • Kimberly M. TallBear — Cultural studies of science and technology, indigenous studies, University of California - Berkeley

The six graduate fellows are:

  • Kathryn L. Bonnen — Neuroscience, Michigan State University
  • I-Hsiao Michelle Chen — Modern Chinese literature, Wesleyan University
  • Pai-Yen Chen — Nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and nanoelectromagnetics, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • Hsiu-Rong Cheng — Postpartum women’s health, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
  • Cameron Strang — History of science in early America, University of New Hampshire – Durham
  • Caroline Stratton — Information studies, Georgia Institute of Technology

For additional information about the Harrington Fellows Program, see http://www.utexas.edu/harrington/index.html.

For more information, contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of the President, 512 475 7847.