- December 9, 2008
Gary Wagenbach (Emeritus) was granted $30,000 from the B.K. Kee Foundation for a curriculum improvement project at Lumbini Academy in Yangon, Burma. He will serve as an educational consultant focusing on teaching hands-on science-based investigative learning. Read more on recent grants.
- September 30, 2008
The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) received funding in the fall of 2008 for numerous collaborative projects.
* A $224,132 award from the NSF’s Division of Education for a CCLI Phase 2 two-year project, “Collaborative Research: Improving the Geoscience Major,” will enhance the design and implementation of geoscience curricula and programs through a series of topical workshops, on-line resources, and outreach efforts.
* An NSF DUE subaward from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University for the three-year project “Developing an Economics Pedagogic Portal” provides $177,992 to SERC.
* Two subawards from University of South Florida: a supplement to their NSF DUE “Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum” project which provides $36,428 to SERC for a National Numeracy Network (NNN) workshop promoting quantitative literacy instructional spreadsheet modules; and an NSF CCLI Phase 1 “Geology of National Parks: Spreadsheets, Quantitative Literacy, and Natural Resources” project that awards SERC $16,579.
* A University of Vermont NSF DUE subaward for “The Textbook Reconsidered – Creating the Shortbook of Geomorphology” project, provides $41,379 to SERC.
*An NSF DUE National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Digital Library (NSDL) subaward from the University of Michigan’s “Quantitative Social Science Digital Library Pathway (QSSDL)” project, which will provide a portal to materials that integrate quantitative analysis in the teaching of the social sciences, with SERC’s portion being $231,722 over three years.
* A small NSF SBE subaward from Temple University provides $4,998 to SERC for hosting of a web site for a Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC) workshop in Germany.
- September 9, 2008
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Susan Singer (Biology) $149,967 for a Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) grant. Professor Singer's project "RUI: Scaffolding Conceptually Driven Genomics Education" hypothesizes that a carefully designed, web interface tool can support classroom instruction and facilitate authentic research by moderately scaffolding the student research process. The instructional technique of scaffolding utilizes teacher modeling of a desired learning strategy or task - providing support structures to get to the next level - then gradually shifting responsibility to students.
A genomics education tool "Exploring Genomics in Context Interface" (EGCI) will be developed and tested at two different institutions - one that integrates genomics throughout the curriculum (Carleton) and one with distinct genomics and bioinformatics courses (Vassar). Carleton's Science Education Resource Center (SERC) will do the design, development, and customization of the EGCI tool.
- August 11, 2008
Natalie Khazaal (Arabic) is a subawardee of a U.S. Department of Education grant awarded to the UCLA International Institute. UCLA's project "Listen and Learn: Teaching Arabic, Persian, and Turkish in America's Middle and High Schools" is one of eleven projects receiving funds in 2008 from the USDE's International Research and Studies Program. Professor Khazaal will develop on-line Arabic Lebanese dialect modules. Read more on recent grants.
- August 4, 2008
Joel Weisberg (Physics) was awarded $332,335 for a four-year continuing grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue his astronomical investigations. His RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions) project “Radio Astronomical Investigations of the Interstellar Medium, Relativistic Gravitation, and Pulsars” uses pulsars as tools for the study of the interstellar medium and relativistic gravitation and focuses on the study of the emissions and evolution of pulsars. The grant will provide opportunities for students to do data acquisition and analysis, and travel to the Australian Telescope National Facility. For more about Joel's work, visit his Web site. Read more on recent grants.
- July 28, 2008
Phil Camill (Biology) received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award of $193,615 for the first year of his project “Landscape-level controls on terrestrial, aquatic, and wetland responses to climate change in the southern Canadian Arctic.” Along with three colleagues at other institutions (Charles Umbanhower, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, St. Olaf College; Christoph E. Geiss, Associate Professor of Physics, Trinity College; and Mark B. Edlund, Senior Scientist, Science Museum of Minnesota), Professor Camill, a specialist in global change ecology, will use his NSF grant to improve scientific understanding of how landscapes - the geographical characteristics of a site, such as upland or lowland location or the abundance of peat-forming wetlands - mediate the responses of lake and terrestrial ecosystems to climate change. The study will look at more than two dozen sites in the forest-tundra region of northern Manitoba, a region experiencing some of the fastest rates of warming in the world. Professor Camill’s project will involve numerous undergraduate researchers. Read more on recent grants.
- June 30, 2008
The Jerome Foundation awarded Gao Hong Dice (Music) a $9,000 Emerging Composer Commission grant for the writing of three new music works. Gao was also chosen to receive a $1,200 Subito award from the American Composers Forum to contribute toward recording fees for her upcoming CD. To learn of her present CD releases and listen to a sampling of her music, go to http://www.chinesepipa.com/CD1.html. Recent grants.
- June 27, 2008
A new stone in Carleton’s Founders Court honors the legacy of Carleton parents Leonard and Gretchan Broom and their daughter Dorothy Broom ‘66, a current Carleton trustee. The Broom family has given more than $6 million to help secure Carleton’s future as a premiere liberal arts institution.
- June 23, 2008
Tsegaye Nega (ENTS) received $47,302 in support from the NITLE Instructional Innovation Fund. Furthering his ongoing interdisciplinary GIS initiative, he will work with staff at Carleton and faculty at four partner institutions to develop course modules that use geographic information systems (GIS) concepts, tools, and skills to analyze Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, NITLE awarded $3,500 to support travel and dissemination efforts for the project. Recent grants.
- May 15, 2008
George Vrtis (ENTS and History) was awarded a summer 2008 residential research fellowship ($1,500 travel grant) from the St. Louis Mercantile Library in St. Louis to support research on his book manuscript, "Refashioning the Mountains: An Environmental History of the Colorado Front Range, 1700-1900." Recent grants.
- May 15, 2008
The National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research awarded Melissa Eblen-Zayas (Physics) $144,590 for her three-year project “RUI: EuO Thin Films as a Laboratory for Exploring Metal-Insulator Transitions and Colossal Magnetoresistance.” This support continues her research on europium oxide, a little-understood magnetic semiconductor, and provides two summer stipends for undergraduate researchers in her lab.
- May 1, 2008
Serena Zabin (History) received two awards for her project “Street Politics & the Boston Massacre.” From the New England Regional Consortium, $5,000 will support work at three area archives; and from the Massachusetts Historical Society, $2,000 will support a one-month residential research fellowship. Recent grants.