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News Guggenheim Fellowship Awarded to Marlboro College Mathematics Professor

Marlboro, VT- Marlboro College mathematics professor Joe Mazur has been granted a Guggenheim Fellowship, a coveted honor accorded bi-annually to scholars, artists and writers.  Fellowships were bestowed on 187 applicants out of some 3,000 in the United States and Canada this year. Mazur will use the financial award to carry out research for a mathematical memoir. Mazur’s past work has also received acclaim: he was a finalist in 2005 for a PEN literary award for his book, Euclid in the Rainforest : Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math.  That book was also selected as an Outstanding Academic Title of the Year 2005 by the library journal Choice, which described how Mazur’s narrative “weaves elementary explanations of a wide range of essential mathematical ideas into narratives of his far-ranging travels."

 The Guggenheim Fellowship “is a great honor, but one that could not have happened without my 33 years of teaching and learning from so many bright students and encouraging faculty at Marlboro College,” said Mazur.

Mazur is among Guggenheim Fellowship recipients in 78 different professional fields. Scholars, scientists and artists are considered for the honor, which comes with a monetary award and international recognition for their “distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment,” as stated by the Foundation, which continues: “What distinguishes the Guggenheim Fellowship program from all others is the wide range in interest, age, geography, and institution of those it selects…In a time of decreased funding for individuals in the arts, humanities, and sciences, the Guggenheim Fellowship program has assumed a greatly increased importance, and the Foundation is successfully raising funds to enable the appointment of a larger number of Fellows each year.  Scores of Nobel, Pulitzer and other prize winners appear on the roll of Fellows.”

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (/news/promotional/change_lives).

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