Hellman grant aids junior faculty

The Hellman Fellows Fund has made a grant of $2.4 million to UCSD to support junior faculty members in their scholarly work as they strive for tenure with the university.

The gift from the Hellman Fellows Fund provides renewed funding to UCSD’s Hellman Fellows program, which was established in 1994 with a $2.5 million gift from Warren and Chris Hellman and their family.

“The Hellmans’ generosity and confidence in our young faculty over the years has had a profound impact on the scholarship of over 200 promising faculty members,” said Suresh Subramani, executive vice chancellor.

Warren Hellman is co-founder of the private equity firm, Hellman and Friedman in San Francisco. He and his wife, Chris, along with their family have made an impact in a wide range of areas from the arts to education. Warren Hellman also underwrites the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival held in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco each October. Since creating the UCSD program, the Hellmans have used the university as a model to establish similar programs at 13 universities, including nine UC campuses.

The 2011-2012 recipients from Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Engineering include: Eric Allen, molecular biology; Pedro Cabrales Arevalo, bioengineering; Renkun Chen, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Alison Coil, physics; Michael Galperin, chemistry and biochemistry; Todd Kemp, mathematics; Jill Leutgeb, neurobiology; Ulrich Muller, chemistry and biochemistry; and Scott Rifkin, ecology, behavior and evolution.

This year’s recipients include Prashant Bharadwaj, economics; Gabriela Caballero Hernandez, linguistics; Sarah Creel, cognitive science; Davide Debortoli, economics; Kirstie Dorr, ethnic studies; Joseph Hankins, anthropology; Todd Henry, history; Mark Jacobsen, economics; Tara Knight, theatre and dance; Thomas Medvetz, sociology; Gabriel Mendes, ethnic studies; Douglas Nitz, cognitive science; Ayse Saygin, cognitive science; Pamela Smith, Rady School of Management; Jong-sung You, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies; Angela Yu, cognitive science; and Junjie Zhang, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.



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