Yomi Braester, professor of comparative literature, and Thomas Daniel, professor of biology, are among the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s 173 fellows for 2013. The winners, chosen from nearly 3,000 scholars, artists and scientists, will receive grants for periods ranging from six to 12 months that allow the recipients to pursue creative projects of their choice.
Braester is a scholar of modern literary and visual culture, with a special interest in China from 1949 to the present. During his tenure as a Guggenheim fellow, Braester will work on three book projects. “Cinephilia Besieged: Film, National History, and Global Consciousness in the People’s Republic of China” traces the development of debates on film in the republic since 1949. “Screen City: Beijing and the Culture of Emergence” explores how cities, and Beijing in particular, are fashioned in new media as emerging environments. “Zhang Yimou: The Director and His Films” will offer the first book-length introduction in English to the now-famous director.
Daniel, holder of the Joan and Richard Komen Endowed Chair, studies the control and dynamics of movement in biology using concepts from neuroscience, engineering and mathematics. He’s previously been named a MacArthur Fellow and received the UW awards of excellence for teaching and graduate mentor. During his tenure as a Guggenheim fellow he will be working on three projects. One will be an online laboratory manual for “animal engineering,” which will complement his educational and research interests in biomechanics. The other is the development of open source computational codes for understanding the molecular basis of force generation in muscle.