From U.Va. Are Tapped To Receive Guggenheim Fellowships
26, 2001-- A University of Virginia psychology professor
and an architect who is a fellow at U.Va.s Institute for Advanced
Technology in the Humanities are among 183 scholars, artists and
scientists recently chosen to receive prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships
professor Michael Kubovy, who is writing a book on understanding
human pleasure, and architect Katherine Wentworth Rinne, who is
creating an interactive World Wide Web archive showing the importance
of water as a "living system" in the history of Rome,
were chosen from more than 2,700 applicants throughout the United
States and Canada. The annual awards from the John Simon Guggenheim
Memorial Foundation, which provide financial support for a years
intensive work on a project, are made on the basis of distinguished
achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.
a member of the psychology faculty since 1987, will work on a book
tentatively titled "The Pleasures of Minds." Drawing on
his interests in perception, cognition, evolution, psychology of
art, aesthetics, and philosophy of mind, he will explain why and
how human beings experience pleasure. One section will discuss pleasures
of the body, reviewing the current state of knowledge about pleasure
centers of the brain. Another section will review the history of
research on visual and other stimuli that people find attractive.
Other sections will look at purely mental pleasures, the relation
between pleasure and emotions, and "negative" pleasures
that result from a temporary escape from suffering.
core of his argument, Kubovy says, is that people evaluate pleasurable
activities in terms of the emotions they produce and that different
pleasures provide different intensities of emotions. His 1986 book,
"The Psychology of Perspective and Renaissance Art," also
formed a bridge between psychology and key issues in the humanities.
He previously taught at Yale and Rutgers.
who has been a fellow affiliated with U.Va.s Institute for
Advanced Technology in the Humanities since 1998 and has also held
a visiting appointment in the School of Architecture, will continue
work on her IATH project, "Aquae Urbis Romae: The Waters of
the City of Rome." Her interactive Web study examines the role
of water in the 2,800-year history of the city and investigates
relationships between natural and imported water systems as they
influenced urban growth.
aim, Rinne says, is to show how water impacts public life. In Rome,
the Tiber River, springs, streams, marshes, aqueducts and wells,
all linked through topography, have shaped the larger landscape
of streets, piazzas, neighborhoods and parks that define the unique
character of the city.
IATH Web site, with a prototype of the project now available at
www.iath.virginia.edu/waters, is intended partly as a tool
for students in fields ranging from architecture, landscape, and
planning to history, archaeology and hydrology. It includes an electronic
archive of historic and current maps, archaeological data, images,
and texts of major Roman writers.
says she hopes the project can be a model for design and planning
professionals to look at the water history of other cities as they
make contemporary policy decisions. A visiting professor at Iowa
State University this semester, she will spend part of her Guggenheim
fellowship period at U.Va. and part in Rome.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856