IN THIS COLUMN
- Jennifer M. “Jenni” Higgs, School of Education
- Mukund Rangamani, College of Letters and Science
Jennifer M. “Jenni” Higgs, an assistant professor in the School of Education, has been selected to receive a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship — one of 25 awarded in a pool of 258 applicants for 2022.
The program — administered by the academy, an honorary society, with a grant from the Chicago-based Spencer Foundation — offers early-career scholars the opportunity to focus on their research and attend professional development retreats. Each fellowship is supported by an award of $70,000 intended for salary replacement and expenses.
Higgs is a scholar of learning and mind sciences and language, literacy, and culture. Her faculty webpage states: “Drawing from sociocultural learning theories and employing methodologies such as design-based research and survey research, she investigates young people’s and teachers’ sense-making of digital tools and ecologies that invite new forms of reading, writing, and participation; support structures that can help teachers facilitate equitable uses and understandings of digital technologies; and the spread and scale of educational innovations in our advanced digital age.”
She received her fellowship for the research topic “Computing Education for the People: Broadening Participation Through Sociotechnical Awareness in Secondary English Language Arts and Civics Classrooms.”
Professor Mukund Rangamani, a theoretical physicist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a fellow of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation for his “groundbreaking contributions to the gauge-gravity duality and the fluid-gravity correspondence.”
Rangamani specializes in string theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity and quantum information. He is a member of the UC Davis Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics.
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