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Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- Two Iowa State University history professors have received fellowships to the National Humanities Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., for the 2002-03 academic year.

Paul Griffiths and Joseph Taylor, both assistant professors of history, were among those receiving the 35 fellowships awarded by the private, nonprofit institution. The fellowship program identifies scholars at a breakthrough moment in their work. It was formed to encourage excellent scholarship and affirm the importance of humanities in American society.

Griffiths and Taylor will be completing books during their stay at the National Humanities Center. Griffiths will work on his second book, "The First Bridewell Petty Crime, Policing and Prison in London, 1545-1660." He will focus on London Bridewell, a prison-workhouse that was the first of its kind in Europe and a blueprint for similar institutions. His first book, "Youth and Authority: Formative Experiences in England 1560-1640," won the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain Whitfield Prize in 1997 for the best book published in any period or field in British history.

Taylor, who is on research leave through a National Science Foundation grant and the National Park Service's "Sabbatical in the Parks Program," will be completing his book on rock climbing in Yosemite. A former rock climber, Taylor is researching the cultural and environmental impacts of rock climbing. Taylor's first book, "Making Salmon: An Environmental History of the Northwest Fisheries Crisis," won the George Perkins Marsh Award from the American Society for Environmental History.


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