PRESS RELEASE: UC Berkeley Guggenheim Scholarships Awarded

Three UC Berkeley professors are among the 180 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Scholars this year. The prestigious awards recognize scholars with impressive achievements in fields ranging from the natural sciences to the creative arts.

Guggenheim Fellowship recipients receive one-time grants of varying amounts that allow recipients the time and creative freedom to complete their research, books, or other projects. The program was established in 1925 by U.S. Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife in memory of their son John Simon Guggenheim, who died at age 17 in 1922.

“Now that the past two years are hopefully behind us all, it is a special joy to celebrate the newest class of Guggenheim Foundation Scholars,” said Edward Hirsch, President of the Guggenheim Foundation in a statement. hurry. “…Our long experience tells us what impact these annual grants will have in changing people’s lives. The work supported by the Foundation will contribute to our collective effort to better understand the new world we find ourselves in, where we come from, and where we are going.”

The 2022 scholarship recipients were announced on Thursday (April 7). They were chosen from nearly 2,500 applicants in the United States and Canada and include nine scholars from five UC campuses.

Here are the three Berkeley winners:

Jodi Halpern is a professor of bioethics and humanities at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. His work brings together psychiatry, philosophy, affective forecasting and decision science to understand how people imagine and influence their future health and that of others. She is co-founder and co-head of Berkeley Group for Ethics and Regulation of Innovative Technologies and does integrated research with scientists developing new technologies, including gene editing. Her new book project “Engineering Empathy” examines the uses of technology in relationships, including the role of robotics in caregiving and the influence of virtual and augmented reality on empathy.

Osagia Obassogia is a Haas Emeritus Professor of Law and Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law with a cross-appointment in the joint UC Berkeley-UCSF Medical Program. He is a leading expert on the impacts of race and inequality in law and medicine, and his academic interests include constitutional law, policing and police use of force, bioethics, race and inequality in law and medicine, and reproductive and genetic technologies. Obassogia was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2021, and has received numerous other awards that recognize his scholarship and student mentorship.

Michael Pollen, is professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Journalism. He is an award-winning journalist who has researched for more than 30 years on topics where “the human and natural worlds intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds”, and is also a founding member of Center for the Science of Psychedelics at UC Berkeley. Pollan is the author of eight books, six of which have been New York Times bestsellers. It has won the California Book Award, Northern California Book Award, James Beard Award for Best Food Writing, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest book, It’s your mind on the plants, explores our relationship with psychotropic plants.

“I’m thrilled and surprised to win a Guggenheim,” Pollan said. “This scholarship will support a new book project on the quest to understand consciousness, a difficult subject that may well be beyond my abilities. So the award is a welcome boost.”


This press release was produced by UC Berkeley News. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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