Following the conclusion of the selection process for the Carnegie Centenary Professorship nominations received in 2015, the Trust is delighted to announce that the following individuals have accepted Professorships. Ten nominations were submitted in July 2015 and the Trust was able to fund three Professorships. The successful nominees are:
Professor Claire Kramsch, Modern Languages and Education, UC Berkeley
Claire Kramsch is originally French, studied German at the Sorbonne and emigrated to the U.S. in 1963. After teaching German at M.I.T for 25 years, she moved to UC Berkeley, where she founded the Berkeley Language Center, a research and resource center for all foreign language teachers at Berkeley, and where she taught Applied Linguistics in the German department and in the Graduate School of Education. She is now Professor of the Graduate School. Her domain of research is second language acquisition, multilingualism and ecological approaches to the study of language and language use. She is the author of Context and Culture in Language Teaching (OUP 1993), Language and Culture (OUP 1998), The Multilingual Subject (OUP 2009), editor of Language Acquisition and Language Socialization: Ecological perspectives (Continuum 2002) and co-editor of The Multilingual Challenge (de Gruyter 2014). In 1998, she received the Goethe Medal from the Goethe Institute for building cross-cultural bridges between Germany and the U.S., and was twice awarded the Mildenberger Award from the Modern Language Association. She is past president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), past editor of the journal Applied Linguistics, and current president of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA).
Professor Kramsch will be joining the University of Stirling in February 2017.
Professor Elizabeth Thompson, Medical Statistics, University of Washington
Elizabeth Thompson is Professor of Statistics, Biostatistics and of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. She received her B.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Cambridge University, UK and then did postdoctoral work in the Department of Genetics, Stanford University, before taking up a faculty position at the University of Cambridge in 1976. She joined the Statistics Department, University of Washington in December 1985, and served as Chair 1989-1994, and again 2011-2014. Dr. Thompson's research is in the development of methods for model-based likelihood inference from genetic data, particularly from data observed on large and complex pedigree structures both of humans and of other species, and including inference of relationships among individuals and among populations. Dr.Thompson is a recipient of a D.Sc. degree from the University of Cambridge, the Jerome Sacks award for cross-disciplinary research from the National Institute for Statistical Science, the Weldon Prize for contributions to Biometric Science from Oxford University, and of a Guggenheim fellowship. She is currently President-elect of the International Biometric Society, an honorary fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the US National Academy of Sciences.
Professor Thompson will be joining the University of St Andrews in January 2017.
Professor Cornelia M Weyand, Medicine, Stanford University
Professor Cornelia Weyand is an outstanding clinician, scientist, teacher and leader in biomedical research and is internationally recognised as a world leader in immunity, inflammation and its direct contribution to vascular disease.
Professor Cornelia Weyand is the Chief of the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Professor Weyand previously directed the Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapeutics Program in the Department of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and held the David C. Lowance Chair in Medicine at Emory University. She has had a special interest in tissue-damaging immune responses in rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis and large vessel vasculitis. She has established several preclinical models, including a chimera model in which human synovial tissue and human blood vessels are engrafted into immunodeficient mice. In these model systems, Professor Weyand’s research team has defined the role of T cells and dendritic cells in deviating from protective to destructive immunity. Over the last decade, she has focused on how the immune system remodels with ageing, how chronic disease ages the immune system, and how aged immune cells cause inflammation. More recently she has worked on the role of the immune system in vascular inflammation, and has identified and characterized immune cells that mediate vasculitis and has thereby defined the molecular underpinnings of the immuno-stromal interactions that cause arterial inflammation. This seminal work has opened the field and there is now extensive research on the immune system, inflammation and vascular disease.
Professor Weyand will be joining the University of Glasgow in February 2016.