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Conklin, Orr win Guggenheim awards

Alice Conklin, associate professor of history, and Allen Orr, professor of biology, have won Guggenheim Fellowships for 2000-2001. They're among only 182 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from more than 2,900 American and Canadian applicants to receive an award this year.


Orr

Orr is an expert on evolutionary genetics. With the Guggenheim award, he'll take a year to write a book detailing one of the great mysteries of evolution: how two different species can evolve from one. Over the last decade, scientists' understanding of this phenomenon, called speciation, has increased tremendously, but there's no book that provides a complete overview of the latest information, said Orr. Over the next year he'll work to fill that gap.

Conklin will spend the year conducting research for a book on the Museum of Man in Paris, France's premiere ethnographic museum that opened in 1937. She'll examine how a growing belief in the equal value of all cultures, whether "civilized" or "simple" societies, influenced the development of anthropology and ethnographic studies as well as French political and cultural institutions between the wars.


Conklin

The author of numerous articles about modern France, its empire, and European colonialism, Conklin received the 1998 Book Prize awarded by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians for her work A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa.

The Guggenheim awards are presented by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors and approval by the foundation's board of trustees. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.




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