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  • Grants to Gao Hong Dice for performing

    April 26, 2008

    In spring of 2008, in conjunction with International Freindship Through the Performing Arts, Gao Hong Dice (Music) received a $4,000 MetLife Creative Connections grant from Meet the Composer, Inc. to perform outreach concerts and events associated with the world premiere of her first choral composition, “The Coming of Spring.” Additionally she was awarded her third prestigious McKnight Foundation McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, for $27,000. For more information on Gao’s work and upcoming performances, visit www.chinesepipa.com. Recent grants.

  • Financing the Future: A Conversation with President Oden

    April 23, 2008

    In a recent interview, President Rob Oden shared his thoughts on the Carleton endowment, financial aid, and why both need to grow. “If I’ve got one ambition above all at Carleton, it’s to shout out to everybody who will hear: ‘Do you know what, folks? The current level of need-based financial aid at Carleton is now endowed!’ ”

  • Carleton Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Boost Interest in Science Programs

    April 22, 2008

    Carleton, along with 47 other colleges and universities, is the recipient of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant to usher in a new era of science education. Carleton, one of only two Minnesota institutions to receive the grant, received a grant of $1.5 million over the next four years. Carleton is using part of the $1.5 million grant from HHMI to prepare its students to move beyond traditional approaches to address real-world scientific complexity. Carleton will develop programs that prepare students to tackle scientific problems as teams, to analyze data with quantitative methods, and to communicate complex information effectively.

  • ACLS grant to Jamie Monson

    April 15, 2008

    Jamie Monson (History) received a grant from the American Council of Learned Society’s (ACLS) “American Research in the Humanities in China” program to support the first phase of a year-long research project on the transnational effort to build the TAZARA railway in East Africa from 1964-1986. Focused on the transfer of technology and knowledge among Chinese and Tanzanian workers, the project will locate TAZARA in a specific historical context that included China’s Cultural Revolution; post-independence and early nation-building in Tanzania and Zambia; and Cold War-era international relations. The $39,000 award will allow Professor Monson to conduct archival and field research in China during the 2008-2009 academic year.
    Read more on recent grants.

  • Funding for QuIRK program

    December 31, 2007

    Nathan Grawe (Economics) will serve as the director of Carleton’s Quantitative Reasoning, Inquiry, and Knowledge (QuIRK) program, which is supported by two recently-received grants. In September 2007, Carleton was awarded a $499,994 National Science Foundation (NSF) CCLI Phase 2 grant to use the writing-based assessment of student quantitative reasoning improvements to guide and evaluate curricular reform. With advice from representatives from six other institutions and following the completion of feasibility studies at four partner colleges and universities, Carleton will adapt its assessment/professional development model for dissemination to two- and four-year colleges and universities. In late 2007, the Keck Foundation granted $300,000 to Carleton to extend QR teaching and learning into fields and departments where quantitative skills and data are less commonly used. Modeled after and integrated with the College’s well-established Writing Program, QuIRK’s professional development workshops and curricular revisions flow from assessment of QR in student writing samples using QuIRK’s novel rubric. The focus on student writing and integration with the Writing Program has allowed QuIRK to implement reforms rapidly and to engage faculty with broad disciplinary representation

    These two grants will enable the QuIRK initiative to raise awareness of quantitative reasoning around campus (through LTC talks, workshops to assess QR proficiency in student writing, and other means), to share best QR-teaching practices among faculty throughout the College, and to support curricular reform by funding course development and revision. Read more on recent grants.

  • ACM FaCE grant to Drew

    December 28, 2007

    In late 2007, Steven Drew (Chemistry) was awarded an Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) grant in the amount of $2,840 to develop skills necessary for increasing his proficiency with the theory and practical application of X-ray crystallography. The funds allow Professor Drew to attend the Crystallography Summer School at the University of California, San Diego during the summer of 2008. Read more on recent grants.

  • Monson receives Faculty Career Enhancement grant

    December 28, 2007

    The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) awarded a Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) grant to Jamie Monson (History) in the amount of $3,000. The funds support enrollment in an intensive Chinese language and cultural studies program in Beijing, offered by CET Academic Programs in June and July 2008. Her current research project – a study of a Tanzanian railway project that was built with Chinese development assistance in the 1960s and 1970s – requires her to acquire language skills in Mandarin Chinese and deepen her understanding of Chinese history and culture. Read more on recent grants.

  • Music award for "Melville's Dozen"

    December 10, 2007

    Nicola Melville (Music) was the recipient of a $5,200 Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund award. The grant supported the later phases of a project that has culminated in a CD “Melville's Dozen” of new piano music in various styles – jazz, funk, Appalachian, Andean, tango, et cetera – that build bridges to different kinds of audience, including high school and college piano students. This grant, along with one from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, have helped with the cost of commissioning the thirteen included pieces from well-known composers, premiering it at a concert here at Carleton last year, recording the music, and manufacturing the CD. Read more on recent grants.

  • Commissioning grant to Gao Hong Dice

    November 30, 2007

    Gao Hong Dice (Music) was chosen to receive The “St. Paul Listens” grant from the American Composer Forum with award amount of $6,000. This program will commission her to write a work to be performed and recorded by Zeitgeist that will engage children and adults in listening to a new musical work. Gao Hong is the one of the first three composers to be selected for this new project. Read more on recent grants.

  • Carleton Joins Other Minnesota Colleges, Universities in Receiving NSF Grant

    September 19, 2007

    Carleton, along with 15 other Minnesota colleges and universities led by the University of Minnesota, has received a $2.45 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help increase the number of under-represented minority students who complete undergraduate degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The statewide alliance will receive the money over the next five years as part of the NSF's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program.

  • Susan Singer Awarded Grant from NSF

    September 13, 2007

    In September, Susan Singer (Biology) received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award of $200,000 for a collaborative project with coPIs from Cornell University and the National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR). Their research “Big Science at Small Schools Collaboration: Genomics of chamaecrista fasciculate, a native prairie plant with potential for mixed prairie biomass” will bring new-generation sequencing technology and the opportunity to work with whole transcriptome sequences to an undergraduate collaborative, and will generate an educational module accessible to high school teachers. Read more on recent grants.

  • David Liben-Nowell Receives NSF Grant

    September 11, 2007

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a three-year grant of $220,156 to David Liben-Nowell (Computer Science). His Theoretical Foundations project, "Algorithms for Social Networks," has two main threads: the investigation of formal mathematical models and systematic analysis of large-scale real-world social networks. Prof. Liben-Nowell's research (and that of the students who will be funded by the grant) will use well-known online communities to better understand the general characteristics of networks. Read more on recent grants.