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In April, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation announced the winners for the 86th annual Unites States and Canadian Guggenheim Fellowship Awards. Among the almost 3,000 applications, 180 Fellowships were awarded to artists, scientists, and scholars totaling $8,000,000. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. One of the hallmarks of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is the diversity of its Fellows. Fifty-nine disciplines and 65 academic institutions are represented by this year’s Fellows. Sociologists Gary Alan Fine is among the 2010 Guggenheim Fellows.
Gary Alan Fine is the John Evans Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University as well as the editor of the ASA journal, Social Psychology Quarterly (until December 31). He recently co-authored The Global Grapevine: Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration, and International Trade Matter (2010), which involves a study of rumors about immigration and the world economy. His research interests include social psychology, sociology of culture, sociology of science, qualitative sociology, social theory, and collective behavior. Before coming to Northwestern, Fine was on the faculty of the University of Georgia and the University of Minnesota, and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Other recent publications include Authors of the Storm: Meteorology and the Culture of Prediction (2007), Everday Genius: Self-Taught Art and the Culture of Authenticity (2004), and Difficult Reputations: Collective Memories of the Evil, Inept and Controversial (2001).