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N EW S The Michigan Daily - Monday, May 12, 2003 - 3
Prof. named one of 13 Carnegie scholars

By Neal Pais
For the Daily
Last Wednesday, the Carnegie Corpo-
ration of New York named 13 new
Carnegie scholars, including Paul
Edwards, an associate professor in the
School of Information at the University.
I Each scholar will receive up to
$100,000 over the next two years to pur-
sue an area of research that promotes the
company's philanthropic ideal.
"The support for research and schol-
arship has been a fundamental theme
of the Corporation's work over the
years and the Scholars program each
year helps men and women of vision
to examine some of the most signifi-
cant and critical questions facing the
world today," Carnegie Corporation
President Vartan Gregorian said in a
written statement.
Each winner of the award was chosen

through a highly selective process. This
year, the Carnegie Corporation invited
144 nominees to enter the running; of
these, 48 researchers were invited to
submit their projectproposals to the cor-
poration. The 13 finalists were finally
chosen by an internal review board.
"We were looking for scholars who
would extend the work of the Carnegie
Corporation. The winners are the true
'public intellectuals' - people who can
translate their ideas to the citizens," said
Susan King, Vice President of Public
Affairs for the corporation.
Edwards received a scholarship for
his research titled "The Technopolitics
of Information Infrastructure in South
Africa: Apartheid, Regime Change and
Legitimate Sovereignty."
Through his research, Edwards said
he hopes to examine the critical techno-
logical transformations that have affected
the history of South Africa's information

infrastructure over the years.
"I've been interested in how comput-
ers and social relations shape each other
since the beginning of my career,"
Edwards said.
He explained the importance of his
research in terms of South Africa's eco-
nomic future.
"In a globalizing world increasingly
built around Internet-based commerce
and corporate management, economic
success depends on maintaining a pres-
ence in cyberspace; the fate of educa-
tion, tourism, and economic opportunity
in South Africa all depend greatly on
this,"Edwards said.
"One challenge for South Africa in the
coming decades will be to extend the
communications and Internet infrastruc-
ture to the rest of the country. This is not
just a matter of social justice; it's an issue
of economic survival" he added.
With regards to his latest distinction,

"The winners are the true 'public
intellectuals'... "
- Susan King
Vice President of Public Affairs, Carnegie Corporation

Edwards said, "It's a great honor, and it
feels terrific to have my work recog--
nized and supported by this very impor-
tant foundation."
Previously, Edwards also won a
Guggenheim Fellowship for his
research. "The fact that both founda-
tions saw this project as worthy of fund-
ing tells me that this work, is truly
important," he said.
Edwards said he plans to spend a year
in South Africa, starting this July. There,
he will conduct interviews and publish
the initial results of his research. He will
return to the University for the 2004-05
academic year to teach part-time while

writing a book.
Commenting on the work of the cor-
poration that granted him the award,
Edwards said, "Carnegie has supported
excellent academic work in the area of
international peace and security."
The Carnegie Corporation of New
York was established by Andrew
Carnegie in 1911 to promote the diffu-
sion of knowledge in the public sphere.
As a grant making foundation, the cor-
poration aims to further Carnegie's
vision of philanthropy.
All 13 Carnegie scholars will be
acknowledged on The New York Times'
Opinion page on Memorial Day.

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Dime-sized halt falls May 5th as a man attempts to protect himself from theweather
while walklng through the Island Drive apartment complex Maiden Lane.
It should have been mentioned in last week's front page article that Lennard
Fisk, professor and chair of the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space
Sciences in the College of Engineering, was also inducted into the National Acade-
my of Sciences for his original research in both theoretical and experimental studies
ofthe solar atmosphere and its expansion into space to form the heliosphere.


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