Kannan M. Krishnan named recipient of Rockefeller Foundation Scholarly Residency

Kannan M. Krishnan, UW professor of materials science and engineering and adjunct professor of physics, has been named the recipient of a prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Scholarly Residency at the Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy. Krishnan’s one-month residency will begin on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008.

The Rockefeller Foundation chooses scholars who have demonstrated a history of significant achievement in their respective fields. Decisions are based on the quality of the proposed project, the urgent or compelling nature of the problem, the importance and potential impact of the project, and the professional qualifications and achievements of the applicant.

“This is a unique opportunity for me to consolidate my recent research activities at the intersection of materials, magnetism, biology and medicine, critically think through alternative possibilities for future research in biomedical nanoscience, and disseminate these ideas by writing an appropriate article on this topic,” Krishnan said.

“A Bellagio residency will also make it possible for me to engage the broad cross-section of scholars, artists, writers, policy-makers and developmental professionals from around the world, in serious debate and discussion on the social and environmental dimensions of nanoscience and nanotechnology,” Krishnan said. “Such an engagement would simply not be possible anywhere else other than in Bellagio.”

During his residency, Krishnan will work on a project titled “Biomedical Nanomagnetics: A spin through new possibilities.” Additionally, his research, teaching and scholarship in magnetism and magnetic materials over the last two decades are converging in the form of a book titled "Fundamentals and Applications of Magnetic Materials," that he will work on throughout the next year on his sabbatical. The residency will help set the stage for this project as well.

The Bellagio Center typically offers one-month residencies for no more than 12 scholars and scientists at a time. Individuals in any discipline – and from any part of the world – are welcome to apply. Space is reserved for both academic projects, as well as projects that align with the Rockefeller Foundation’s mission to expand opportunities for poor or vulnerable people and to help ensure that globalization’s benefits are shared more widely.

Krishnan is widely recognized for his research and teaching. Recent awards include a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2004, the UW College of Engineering Outstanding Educator Award in 2004, election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005 and appointment as the Professor-at-large at the University of Western Australia from 2006 to 2008.

Krishnan earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1978 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He earned his master’s degree in materials science in 1980 from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and his doctorate in materials science in 1984 from the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information about the residency, visit the Rockefeller Foundation’s Web site.

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