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Francine Berman Awarded Fellowship at The Radcliffe Institute

Francine Berman Awarded Fellowship at The Radcliffe Institute

Francine Berman Awarded Fellowship at The Radcliffe Institute

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

“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

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is a unique space
within Harvard—a school dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas
across all disciplines. Each year, the Institute hosts about 50 leading
scholars, scientists, and artists from around the world in its renowned
residential fellowship program. Radcliffe fosters innovative research
collaborations and offers hundreds of public lectures, exhibitions,
performances, conferences, and other events annually. The Institute is home to
the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, the nation’s foremost archive on the
history of women, gender, and sexuality. For more information about the people
and programs of the Radcliffe Institute, visit


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