Professor Janack of WPI's Humanities & Arts Wins Pembroke Fellowship to Brown University

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Worcester, Mass. - Assistant Professor Marianne Janack (Sterling, Mass.) of the WPI Humanities and Arts Department is the recipient of a Pembroke Post-Doctoral Fellowship to Brown University.

"This is an extraordinary achievement for Professor Janack," says Professor Lee Fontanella, department head. "Only four fellowships are awarded annually."

The post-doctoral fellows participate in a weekly research seminar, lead round-table debates, present two public papers during the year, and pursue individual research. This year's theme at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research of Women is The Question of Emotion. Professor Janack's research will focus on "Emotion and Rationality." The appointment runs from September of 2000 through May of 2001.

"I'm elated about the honor and hope to continue research in my areas of moral identity and theories of emotion and belief while there," says Janack. "It will also give me the opportunity to meet and work with some outstanding scholars."

Professor Janack began teaching at WPI in 1997 after instructorships at Syracuse University, St. Lawrence University, and Colgate University. She earned her bachelor's degree in philosophy and English from Colgate and her master's and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Syracuse. Her areas of specialization are epistemology, feminist philosophy and moral philosophy.

The Pembroke Center was founded in 1981 as a center for interdisciplinary work on gender and society. It draws fellows and faculty affiliates from across the country and around the world to its annual research seminar, which addresses gender issues from a cross-cultural and theoretical perspective in fields ranging from economics and political science to literature and art history.