May 22, 1997
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  Forty Women Appointed Fellows at Bunting Institute

Sociologist Lynn Davidman, peace activist Ruchama Marton, mathematician Alice Silverberg, political scientist Gwendolyn Stewart, biophysicist Anne Ferentz, and performance studies scholar Shannon Jackson are among the 40 women who have been appointed 1997-98 fellows at Radcliffe College's Bunting Institute, a center of advanced studies for women. Some of the fellows are affiliated with colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad, including Harvard, M.I.T., Sarah Lawrence, Fordham, University of Tennessee, and Tel Aviv University Medical School. Their one-year appointments begin on Sept. 15, 1997, and end on Aug. 15, 1998.

The Bunting Institute is a mutidisciplinary center for women scholars, writers, artists, and activists of demonstrated achievement and promise. Each year, approximately 40 women pursue projects that make significant contributions to their fields, working in a community that fosters interdisciplinary discourse, and creative and intellectual leadership. Some describe their experience as "the Bunting transformation."

"The Bunting Institute offers women a collegial environment that enhances their original thinking and generativity," said Florence Ladd, director of the Institute.

"The world needs the female vision and the Institute is the place where alone and in community, that vision can be developed," said Bunting alumna Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After..

Fellowship programs include the Science Scholars Program, funded by the Office of Naval Research; the Biomedical Research Program funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund; the Radcliffe Junior Faculty Fellowship Program; the Peace Fellowship; the Berkshire Summer Fellowship funded by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians; and the Marian Cabot Putnam Fellowship for professional women in the field of infant and child development.

The Boston Globe Magazine dubbed the Bunting Institute "America's Think Tank for Women," and The Chronicle of Higher Education, described the Bunting Institute as a place where "lives get turned around, books get written, and discoveries are made, all the result of time spent among intellectual peers."

Bunting fellowships have helped individuals earn university tenure, appointments to national office, Pulitzer Prizes, Obie Awards, world concert premieres, and Guggenheim Fellowships. Six fellows received MacArthur Fellowships following their year at the Bunting. Noteworthy books that were written at the Bunting include: The Liar's Club by Mary Karr; Anne Sexton by Diane Middlebrook; Writing a Woman's Life by Carolyn Heilbrun; Balm in Gilead by Sara Lawrence Lightfoot; and Meridian by Alice Walker.

Among the 1,200 Bunting alumnae are author Gish Jen; psychologist Carol Gilligan; former Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin; performance artist Anna Deavere Smith; visual artist Carrie Mae Weems; marine biologist Sylvia Earle; geophysicist Marcia McNutt; literary scholar Barbara Johnson; and social activist Mamphela Ramphele.

A complete listing of fellows and their project titles follows. For more detailed information on each of 39 fellows call the Bunting Institute at 495-8212.

Jennifer Ackerman

Bunting Fellow (Nonfiction)

Independent Writer

The Longest Thread

Susan Alberts

Biomedical Research Fellow (Evolutionary Biology)

Harvard University

MHC Diversity and Reproductive Behavior in

Baboon Populations

Teresa Arendell

Fellow (Sociology)

Colby College

Rescripted Identities: Women Choosing

Other Women

Laura Attardi

Science Scholar (Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Investigating Mechanisms of p53-Dependent Apoptosis

Marion Bethel

Alice Naumburg Proskauer Fellow (Creative Writing/Poetry)

Independent Writer

Under the Dilly Tree

Kathleen Brown

Berkshire Summer Fellow (American History)

University of Pennsylvania

Foul Bodies and Infected Worlds: Cleanliness and Cultural Authority in Early Modern England and America, 1500-1900

Sean Burgess

Science Scholar (Genetics)

Harvard University

Pairing of Homologous Chromosomes in

Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Odile Cazenave

Fellow (Comparative Literature)

University of Tennessee

African Diaspora in France: a New Literature

of Immigration

Lynn Davidman

Fellow (Sociology)

Brown University

On Growing Up Motherless

Rosalyn Drexler

Bunting Fellow (Visual Arts/Painting)

Sarah Lawrence College


Mary Favret

Bunting Fellow (English Literature)

Indiana University

Invisible Violence, Romantic Thought

Anne Ferentz

Science Scholar (Biophysics)

Harvard Medical School

Protein-protein interactions of UmuD'

Anne Fleche

Fellow (American Literature)

Boston College

Gender Rules: On the Measures of Sex

Rosemarie Freeney-Harding

Peace Fellow (Social Work)

University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology

Remnants: A Spirituality of Compassion for

Social Work Practice

Indira Ganesan

Bunting Fellow (Fiction)

Long Island University

Is That Blood on Your Forehead?

Anita Garey

Spaulding-Potter Fellow (Sociology)

University of New Hampshire

Weaving Work and Family: Working Mothers and the Construction of Meaning

Mary Godfrey

Fellow (English Literature)

Fordham University

Transitional Literature: Constructing the Canon of Early Middle English Poetry

Barbara Goldoftas

Fellow (Nonfiction)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Forest Guards

Beatrice Hanssen

Fellow (Germanic/Comparative Literature)

Harvard University

The Political Aesthetic: Political Responsibility in an Age of Globalization

Kathleen Hartford

Fellow (Economics)

University of Massachusetts Boston

From Dinosaurs to Dynamos? China's Publicly Owned Enterprises and State Agencies in Late-Late Industrialization

Ellen Herman

Fellow (American History)

Harvard University

The Architecture of Belonging: Adoption in the 20th Century United States

Diane Hoffman-Kim

Science Scholar (Cognitive and Neural Science)

Harvard University

Molecular Signaling Pathways in Nerve Growth and Regeneration

Shannon Jackson

Radcliffe Junior Faculty Fellow (Performance Studies/American Studies)

Harvard University

Lines of Activity: Space, History, Performance

Anne-Francoise Lamblin

Biomedical Research Fellow

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Control of Programmed Cell Death in the

Fruit Fly Drosophila melanogaster

Deborah Levenson-Estrada

Hermon Dunlap Smith Fellow (History)

Boston College

Failures and Fantasies of Youth and Modernity In 20th Century Guatemala

Evelyn Lincoln

Bunting Fellow (Art History)

Brown University

The Practices of Printmaking and Drawing in Renaissance Italy

Ruchama Marton

Fellow (Peace Studies)

Tel-Aviv University Medical School

From Moral Sensitivity to Political Action:

A Case Study

Miriam Nelson

Fellow (Health Sciences)

Tufts University

Growing Older, Getting Stronger

Amy Stevens Miller

Science Scholar (Physical Chemistry)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spectroscopy of Transition-Metal Methyls

Annette Morreau

Bunting Fellow (Music History)

Independent Writer

Emmanuel Feuermann

Carol Ockman

Fellow (Art History)

Williams College

Lessons from the Diva: Identity and Stereotypes in Images of Sarah Bernhardt

Esther Parada

Evelyn Green Davis Fellow (Visual Arts/Mixed Media)

School of Art and Design, University of Illinois

Canopy: a Multi-Media Installation/Meditation on Monoculture and Diversity

Suzanne Romaine

Science Scholar (Astronomy)

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Development of a Graded d-Spacing Multilayer Telescope for High Energy X-ray Astronomy

Dana Ron

Science Scholar (Computer Science)

Massachusette Institute of Technology

Learning and Property Testing: Theory and Applications

Karen Rosen

Marion Cabot Putnam Fellow (Psychology)

Boston College

Sibling Relationships in Early Childhood

I. Susan Russinoff

Bunting Fellow (Philosophy)

Tufts University

The Logical Theories of Christine Ladd-Franklin

Alice Silverberg

Science Scholar (Mathematics)

Ohio State University

Arithmetical Algebraic Geometry

Sandra Solomon

Fellow (Poetry)

Independent Writer

Sing, Louder Sing

Lynn Stein

Science Scholar (Computer Science)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Architecture for Cognitive Robotics

Gwendolyn Stewart

Fellow (Political Science)

Harvard University

The First Russian Presidency


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