Francine Berman Awarded Fellowship at The Radcliffe Institute

by Mary Martialay on May 9, 2019

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has announced that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute computer scientist Francine Berman has been awarded a fellowship as part of the  2019–2020 fellowship class.

Berman, an international leader in data science, was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her work has focused on the stewardship, preservation, and cyberinfrastructure of the digital data on which modern research relies. Her current research explores the social, ethical, and environmental impacts of the Internet of Things.

As the Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at The Radcliffe Institute, Berman, a professor of computer science, will develop a framework that promotes social and environmental responsibility in Internet of things design.

“This is a remarkable class of fellows,” said Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin RI ’17, the Daniel P. S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Radcliffe’s Fellowship Program—a microcosm of the Institute—is a laboratory of ideas where scholars, artists, scientists, and practitioners draw insights from one another and generate new knowledge that spans disciplinary boundaries. I am extraordinarily excited to see what emerges from this incredible group of individuals in the year ahead.”

Berman is a founder of the Research Data Alliance, an international community-driven organization created to accelerate research data sharing and data-driven innovation worldwide. She is former director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2009, Berman was the inaugural recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for “influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure.” In 2015, Berman was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a member of the National Council on the Humanities.

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