RIVERSIDE, Calif. Two faculty members at the University of California, Riverside Norman Ellstrand and Juan Felipe Herrera have been awarded 2010 Guggenheim Fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Ellstrand, a professor of genetics, received the fellowship for genetics, genomics, and the many faces of hybridization. Herrera, a professor of creative writing, received the fellowship for poetry.
"I am still in shock about the Guggenheim Fellowship because so few scientists receive this prestigious honor," Ellstrand said. "Because the Guggenheim Foundation has given the same award to so many of my heroes, be they scientists, artists, photographers, intellectuals or writers that I have been in awe of, I am doubly humbled. I could not have received this without the longterm support of my department, my college, and the other wonderful folks at UC Riverside, not the least of whom are 'TeamEllstrand,' the good-hearted and hard-working folks in my lab over three decades."
Ellstrand joined the UCR faculty in 1979 following a year's postdoctoral stint at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. His varied awards range from a Fulbright Fellowship to Sweden in 1993 to being named a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000. Most recently, he received the 2010 Merit Award from the Botanical Society of America, the society's highest honor.
"Norm is internationally known for his research on the behavior of crop transgenes in nature, and more recently for his work on the role of hybridization in plant invasiveness," said Jodie Holt, chair of the <
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