Nagurney named Radcliffe Institute fellow

Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor in the Department of Finance and Operations Management at the Isenberg School of Management, has been selected as a Radcliffe Institute fellow for the 2005-06 academic year.

While at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Nagurney and the 50 other fellows will work on projects ranging from pipeline issues in higher education to cancer treatments to installation art on the theme of loss. Some will work individually and across disciplines on projects chosen for both quality and long-term impact. Together, the fellows’ distinguished academic, professional and creative endeavors are the center of a scholarly community convened to pursue and generate new knowledge.

Nagurney’s project is entitled “Dynamic Networks with Applications: The Unified Theory of Projected Dynamical Systems and Evolutionary Variational Inequalities.”

“The purpose of a residential fellowship like ours is to bring artists and scholars together to interact in ways that will change both them and their work,” says dean Drew Gilpin Faust. “We strive to offer enough similarity — clusters of common intellectual concern — and enough difference to generate intersections that are predictable as well as ones that are unanticipated and even surprising.”

This year’s pool of 782 fellowship applicants was evaluated by two levels of review. In the first level, at least two leaders in each applicant’s field evaluated and ranked the applicant. The top 140 applicants were then submitted to the final selection committee, which selected the diverse class of 2005–06 fellows. This year’s 51 fellows, 40 women and 11 men, come from 42 different institutions and include three international fellows from three different countries.

“The selection process is more than simply assembling individuals; it is creating a class that encompasses the diversity of fields our mission mandates and expresses as well our commitment to the study of women, gender and society,” says Faust. “Our aim is to provide the conditions that will yield the most vibrant intellectual community each year.”