Ann Arbor, Michigan—Roberto Merlin, Professor of Physics and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship. 

“The fellowship will allow me to work at research laboratories in the United States and Switzerland participating in experiments aimed at developing time-domain x-ray spectroscopy for studies of complex systems. These methods are uniquely positioned to probe, for the first time, distances and times in the scales of nanometers and femtoseconds, where many important physical and chemical phenomena occur,” Merlin said.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and creative arts.  Fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.  Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors and are approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  The 2007 Fellowship winners include 189 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from almost 2,800 applicants for awards totaling $7,600,000.

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