Two Faculty Members Named Fenwick Fellows

Posted: May 11, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Dana Richards, School of Information Technology and Engineering, and Daniel Rothbart, College of Arts and Sciences, have been selected as the Fenwick Fellows for the 2000-2001 academic year. The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to teaching faculty members for the pursuit of a research project that helps the University Libraries and advances knowledge in the field. With the award comes a research office in Fenwick Library and a stipend of $1,500. Fellowships are awarded through a university-wide competition evaluated by the members of the Faculty Senate library committee. Awards are determined by the availability of funds and quality of proposals. Though there were many qualified proposals this year, the committee was able to give only two awards.

Richards, associate professor, Computer Science, will focus his research on the fundamental algorithmic problem of sorting data. He intends to “solve” the literature dilemma for this problem by putting the various papers in their proper perspective in a comprehensive, analytical bibliography. He will use the University Libraries’ resources and work with appropriate staff members to develop an enriched collection in parallel sorting.

Rothbart, associate professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, will use the fellowship to complete a scholarly monograph, tentatively titled “From Instruments to Philosophy.” In his work, Rothbart discusses how philosophers of science need to redirect their attention to the 20th-century revolution in experimental technologies. He will use his Fenwick Library office to access relevant literature and work with appropriate staff members to develop a broadened collection in the area of philosophy of science.

Rothbart and Richards will present the results of their research to the George Mason community in a public Fenwick Fellows lecture in the fall of 2001. The competition for the next Fenwick Fellowship will be announced early in the spring of 2001.

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