Three UMN professors awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

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Three University of Minnesota professors—Carl Elliott, Christy Haynes and Chris Larson—have been awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the three University of Minnesota professors are among the 173 Guggenheim Fellows selected from almost 3,000 applicants. The size of grants vary and are given for six months to one year.

Carl Elliott

Carl Elliott, MD, PhD, is a professor in the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Minnesota Medical School. Elliott is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the College of Liberal Arts. His scholarship has focused on the intersection of philosophy and ethics in medical research. During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, Elliott, who has authored or edited seven books, will be working on a book on human subjects research scandals exposed by whistleblowers in four different countries.

Christy HaynesChristy Haynes, PhD, is a professor and associate department head of the Department of Chemistry in the College of Science and Engineering. She is also the associate director of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. Haynes’ project for the Guggenheim Fellowship, Characterization of the Molecular Corona acquired by Technologically Relevant Engineered Nanoparticles in Environmental Matrices, focuses on nanotoxicology. The Guggenheim Fellowship will allow Haynes to spend the 2018-19 academic year conducting research at the Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia in Valencia, Spain.

Chris LarsonChris Larson, MFA, is an an associate professor in the Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts. For two decades, Larson has developed a multimedia-based practice focused on sculpture while incorporating film, photography and other media. Through this Fellowship, Larson will temporarily move his studio to a garment factory in Smithville, Tennessee, where clothes were produced for Ralph Lauren Polo, Converse and Land’s End. Larson will explore how the spaces where we work impact the way people understand social class and identity. This is the first Guggenheim Fellowship a Department of Art faculty member has received while teaching at the University of Minnesota in 40 years.

Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $360 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals. For more information on the 2018 Fellows and their projects, visit the Foundation’s website at

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