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Anneliese Maier Prize

Winners collaborate with LMU faculty

Munich, 12/18/2013

Two leading researchers in the humanities and social sciences from the US and the UK, who have both won the Anneliese Maier Research Award 2014, will come to Munich to initiate long-term collaborations with their LMU hosts.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has announced the names of the winners of the Anneliese Maier Research Awards 2014. The awards, worth 250,000 euros each, are bestowed on established researchers in the humanities and social sciences who wish to pursue long-term collaborations with colleagues based in Germany that promise to contribute to the further internationalization of these fields at the host institutions. Among the eight winners are the linguist Professor Mary E. Beckmann from Ohio State University in den USA and psychologist Professor Ulrike Hahn of Birkbeck College at the University of London. Both were nominated by LMU faculty, and will initiate their collaborative projects by spending time as visiting researchers at their host institutes at LMU.

Professor Mary E. BeckmannMary E. Beckman is regarded as a world leader in her field and a pioneer of laboratory phonology. Among other topics, she studies the connections between individual phonological development during language acquisition and long-term phonological change. Professor Beckman was nominated for the Anneliese Maier Award by Professor Jonathan Harrington, Director of the Institute for Phonetics and Speech Processing at LMU. During her time at LMU, she will take part in various cooperative projects at both national and international levels, as well as helping to initiate new collaborative ventures.

Professor Ulrike HahnUlrike Hahn is a German psychologist who has worked in the UK for many years. She is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in the psychology of cognition, decision-making and reasoning. Her work has had an impact far beyond the boundaries of her own discipline, and her insights have been taken up by economists and philosophers, among others. Professor Hahn was nominated for the award by Professor Stephan Hartmann, who holds the Chair in Theory of Science and is one of the Directors of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at LMU. The aim of their collaboration is to explore links between philosophy and psychology, focusing on problems related to the nature of individual and collective rationality. Furthermore, Professor Hahn will take an active part in the DFG Priority Program “New Frameworks of Rationality”.

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