Two New York University professors have been awarded 2010 Guggenheim Fellowships, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation said in announcing 180 fellowship awards. This year’s NYU recipients, chosen from approximately 3,000 applicants in the United States and Canada, are Hasia Diner, a professor in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and the Department of History, and Nadrian Seeman, a professor in the Department of Chemistry.
“Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise,” the foundation said in its announcement.
Diner, the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, has authored: We Remember With Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence After the Holocaust, 1945-1962 (NYU Press, 2009); Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration (Harvard, 2002); The Jews of the United States, 1645 to 2000 (University of California, 2004); and, The Lower East Side Memories: The Jewish Place in America (Princeton, 2000), among other works. She is the director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at NYU. Under her fellowship, she will continue work on a forthcoming book on the role of peddlers, the on-the-road sellers of goods to farms, mining and logging camps, and plantations in stimulating Jewish migration from the middle of the 19th century through the early 20th.
Seeman, who founded the field of structural DNA nanotechnology, has built a series of devices that manipulate molecules geared to build new materials. His creations allow him to arrange pieces and form specific molecules with precision – similar to the way a robotic automobile factory can be told what kind of car to make. His work has led the Christian Science Monitor to conclude that “nanotechnology may have found its Henry Ford.” Under his fellowship, Seeman, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Chemistry, will be writing a textbook on structural DNA nanotechnology.
New York University, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, was established in 1831 and is one of America’s leading research universities. It is one of the largest private universities, it has one of the largest contingents of international students, and it sends more students to study abroad than any other college or university in the U.S. Through its numerous schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and dramatic arts, music, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.