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Last modified: Friday, April 6, 2007

Four Guggenheim fellowships go to Indiana University faculty

April 6, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Four of this year's Guggenheim Fellows are professors at Indiana University Bloomington.

The election of IUB science historian Domenico Bertoloni-Meli, composer David Dzubay, Near Eastern languages and cultures professor John Walbridge, and sociologist Pamela Barnhouse Walters brings IU's total of Guggenheim Fellows to 123. At least one IU faculty member has earned a Guggenheim fellowship each year since 1998. This year's fellows share awards totaling $7.6 million.

Bertoloni-Meli, a professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, is also the director of the Center for the History of Medicine. He received his award for his research involving Marcello Malpighi and mechanistic medicine. Dzubay, professor and chairman of the Department of Composition in the IU Jacob's School of Music, is director of the New Music Ensemble. His award will further his work in music composition. Walbridge, professor and chairman of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, received the award to further his research involving Shirazi's synthesis of the philosophical foundations of Galenic medicine. Walters, the James H. Rudy Professor of Sociology, received her award for her research involving apartheid schooling in America.

The Guggenheim Fellowship is one of the world's most prestigious research awards for artists, humanists and scientists. Guggenheim's selections of scholars who have demonstrated "distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment" are based on advice from "hundreds of expert advisors," according to the foundation's news release.

To speak with Bertonloni-Meli, Walbridge or Walters contact Tracy James, IU Media Relations, at 812-855-0084 or To speak with Dzubay, contact Alain Barker, IU Jacobs School of Music, 812-856-5719 and