Vaughan Wins Guggenheim

Prof. Diane Vaughan (Sociology) has received a coveted Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, which she will use to support her research on air traffic control in the 21st century.

Vaughan, one of 184 Guggenheim winners this year, is the latest BC scholar to earn the prestigious award, which is given in recognition of exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or extraordinary creative ability in the arts.

Recent BC winners include English Department faculty members Prof. Dayton Haskin, Prof. Alan Richardson and Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Graver and History professors Roberta Manning, Lawrence Wolff and Robin Fleming. Prof. Juliet Schor (Sociology) won a Guggenheim in 1995, while she was on the Harvard University faculty.

Vaughan, on the strength of her widely acclaimed book The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture and Deviance at NASA, has recently served as an expert witness in the investigation of the Columbia space shuttle disaster.

 

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