Honors & Awards
LAWRENCE D. BOBO, TANYA LUHRMANN and SHOUCHENG ZHANG were among the 189 artists, scholars and scientists from the United States and Canada awarded 2007 Guggenheim Fellowships. Bobo, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor and director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, is studying black and white Americans' views of the new law and order regime. Luhrmann, who recently came to Stanford from the University of Chicago, is a professor of cultural and social anthropology. Her research focuses on the intimate and personal way in which God is conceptualized in evangelical Christianity and the cultural and psychological dimensions of learning to experience God in this way. Physics Professor Zhang is studying the quantum spin Hall effect. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, established in 1925, offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts. This year, almost 2,800 people applied for the awards, which totaled $7.6 million. Fellowships are usually made for one year. In 2006, the average grant was $40,100.
ROBERT MOSES, an artist in residence in the Dance Division and founder of the acclaimed Robert Moses' Kin dance company, received this year's Isadora Duncan Award for the Bay Area's most outstanding individual dancer. It's the second time choreographer Moses has received an "Izzie"—in 2004, he was awarded for best choreography. Moses has been praised for a style that combines athletic technique and rhythmic complexity. His work fuses different dance styles and explores an innovative variety of themes, from oral history in African American culture to the life and work of James Baldwin. Moses has been a lecturer and curator of dance programming since 1995, the same year he founded Robert Moses' Kin.