trophyWe know what you’re thinking: You haven’t gotten your weekly dose of Berkeley bragging. Well, here it is.

Martin White, professor of both physics and astronomy here at UC Berkeley was recently awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. If you’re smart enough to be one of the 180 scholars, artists and scientists from the United States and Canada to receive one of these grants, then your life’s looking pretty sweet for the six to 12 months it lasts.

The once-in-a-lifetime grant (literally) allows its recipient to work with limited restrictions. What is White going to do with his newfound money? He plans to use data from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), which attempts to constrain dark energy and theories of gravity (whatever that means).

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Astronomer Martin White named 2011 Guggenheim Fellow [UC Berkeley NewsCenter]

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These five professors are quite the dapper fellows–the 2010 Guggenheim fellows, that is. Ah yes, looks like the newly-minted AAAS members weren’t the only Berkeley profs kicking AAAS-s and taking academic names. SHING! (That’s the sound of an awesome joke being made.) [NewsCenter]

Nobody wins … again. [Daily Cal]

People’s Park celebrated its 41st birthday today. People FTW! Parks FTW! Birthdays FTW! [Facebook]

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Guggenheim GoodnessSix Cal profs were among “190 artists, scientists and scholars,” chosen from almost 3,000 applicants (all of whom, we assume, are much smarter than we could ever hope to be), who received 2008 Guggenheim Fellowships. This means that they will get lots of moneys to continue their work on lots of things that smart people work on, like Psych professor Arthur Shimamura’s “examination of a neurocognitive approach to the psychology of art and aesthetics,” and Philosophy professor Paolo Mancosu’s analysis of “the interplay between the philosophy of mathematics and mathematical logic.”

Guggenheim Fellowships, brought to you by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation since 1925, are awarded every year to cool people “who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts,” quite a number of whom are also Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. Plus, we know from experience that if it’s got a Guggenheim’s stamp of approval, it’s got to be pretty darn interesting.

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Six Professors Win Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships [Berkeley News Center]
Guggenheim Fellowship [Wikipedia]
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation [Wikipedia]