Professor Marla Geha named 2015 Guggenheim Fellow
Professor Marla Geha has been selected for a 2015 Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She was one of 175 Fellows selected from more than 3100 applicants.
Geha focuses her research on the formation, evolution, and destruction of dwarf galaxies, ranging from gas-rich dwarf galaxies in isolation, to the least luminous and most dark matter-dominated galaxies in orbit around the Milky Way. The goal of her research group is to use these objects to answer fundamental questions in astrophysics and cosmology. Among her numerous awards and honors are fellowships from the Kavli Frontiers of Science, Whitney Humanities Center, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and recognition by the University of California-Santa Cruz as a 45+5 “Prominent and Influential Alumni” and as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10″ (2009). Geha will use her fellowship to search for the Milky Way’s “siblings.”
United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of exceptional, mid-career scholars, scientists and artists by giving them the opportunity to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.