Elisa Tamarkin, associate professor of English at UC Irvine, has been awarded the title of Chancellor’s Fellow, effective Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2010. The title honors and recognizes scholars of exceptional value to the university, whose achievements in scholarship demonstrate extraordinary promise for world-class contributions to knowledge. The three-year honor includes $25,000 per year to support research efforts. Tamarkin will use the funding for her new book project “Irrelevance: The Scholarly Life in the Age of News,” which focuses on topics of relevant and irrelevant knowledge since 1830, and on the relationship between the academy and the press.