Recent Grants

  • Michael Flynn, Michael FlynnWilliam H. Laird Professor of Linguistics and the Liberal Arts and Chair of Linguistics, and Jeff Ondich, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation's Documenting Endangered Languages program for a project entitled “Fostering Dakota Language Restoration through Workshops: First Steps to Partnering by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, the Dakotah Language Institute, and Carleton College.” Jeff Ondich

    Through this project, Flynn, Ondich, Associate Professor Catherine Fortin, and Assistant Professor Cherlon Ussery will work in close partnership with a team of Dakota educators to advance the formal description of the endangered Dakota language, and begin planning to produce comprehensive courses and accessible electronic resources about Dakota language and culture.

    The project's centerpieces are a workshop, to be held at Carleton in late summer 2016, at which Carleton faculty and students will collaboratively work with Sisseton-Wahpeton educators and Dakota speakers on the Dakota language, and a follow up visit by Carleton faculty and students to the Oyate in eastern South Dakota in the fall.

  • Rob Thompson, Rob ThompsonAssistant Professor of Mathematics, has been accepted as a mentor for the program “Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences” (PIC Math). As part of this program, Rob will advise a group of Carleton students as they tackle industrial mathematics research problems proposed by business, industrial, and government partners. Students will present problem solutions directly to company liaisons and publicly at the national “Mathfest” conference in Summer 2017. PIC Math is a program administered by the Mathematical Association of America and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, with support from the National Science Foundation (DMS-1345499).

  • Paul Petzschmann, Paul PetzschmannLecturer and Research Associate in European Studies, has been awarded a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for his project “Student Exchanges Between the United States and Nazi Germany 1933-1941.” During the summer of 2016 he will continue research on student exchanges and transatlantic networks during an isolationist period between the U.S. and Nazi Germany. Paul's project will contribute to several pieces of scholarly work on the U.S.-German relations, including a journal article, a book chapter, and sections of his book on German-American intellectual migration between 1930 and 1950.

  • Alex Knodell, Alex KnodellAssistant Professor of Classics and Co-Director of Archaeology, has been awarded two grants in support of the Mazi Archeological Project, which he co-directs with colleagues from Switzerland and Greece. The Loeb Classical Library Foundation and the Institute for Agean Prehistory have provided funds to support mapping, geophysical survey, and aerial thermography at newly discovered and previously known prehistoric, Classical, and Byzantine-period sites in northwest Attica, Greece. Located in the Kithairon mountain range and on the borders of the historical polities of Athens and Thebes, the Mazi Plain was a critical crossroads between the regions of Attica and Boeotia, as well as central and southern Greece. This funding furthers two previous years’ field work; four Carleton students joined the team last year and three to four will participate in summer 2016. For more information, see www.maziplain.org.

  • Yansi Perez, Yansi PerezAssociate Professor of Spanish, has received the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for her project “Los Angeles: A Cartography of Material Memory of the Central America Diaspora.” A residency at California State University in the Department of Central American Studies during 2016-2017 will enable Professor Perez to research culture and memory among populations from Central America’s Isthmus who were displaced post wars and revolutions, and to reconceptualize the problems of memory, mourning, and trauma.

  • Matt Whited,Matt Whited Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER grant for a five-year project entitled "Cooperative Small-Molecule Activation by Ambiphilic Pincer-Type Complexes Featuring Metal/Main-Group Bonds." His project, involving as many as 23 undergraduate researchers, seeks to develop new approaches to difficult chemical transformations such as selective oxidation of hydrocarbons and reduction of carbon dioxide to chemical feedstocks, with the goal of extending these reactions to earth-abundant and sustainable metal catalysts.

    Professor Whited will meet the CAREER program's mandate that his research have a broad social impact by continuing development and assessment of course-based undergraduate research experiences. He will also be expanding an outreach effort to bring Northfield and Faribault, Minnesota high-school students, including many who belong to groups that are underrepresented in post-secondary education, into Carleton chemistry laboratories.

  • Rini Y. Keagy, Rini KeagyVisiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, has been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in media arts to complete post-production of Ordinal, a film about valley fever, a fungal disease that afflicts California's Central Valley. Combining literature such as Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and ancient Assyrian myth, the film uses documentary, fictional, and animation techniques to explore biological and environmental forces affecting humans and Earth. Screenings will take place in Northfield and the Twin Cities.

  • Cecilia Cornejo, Cecilia CornejoVisiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to complete pre-production on her new film. The project explores issues of displacement and belonging as experienced by the Latino community of Northfield, Minnesota. The finished work will combine elements of fiction with documentary techniques to present a nuanced vision of reality from a Latino perspective.

  • David Musicant,David Musicant Professor of Computer Science, was awarded an ACM-SIGCSE (Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education) Special Projects Grant to fund student research on his project "Git for People Who Actually Want to Learn Git."

  • Asuka Sango,Asuka Sango Associate Professor of Religion, has been awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for her project “Debate in the Buddhist Monasteries of Medieval Japan.” With this year-long support, she will complete research and finish final preparations of her book on the role played by Buddhist debate in shaping the intellectual, religious, and cultural contours of Japan from the 11th to 16th centuries.

  • Gao Hong, Gao HongSenior Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments and Director of the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble, has been awarded an Artist Initiative grant and an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Hong will produce and perform Storytelling in Chinese Music from the Ancient Past to Modern Times in seven greater Minnesota communities.

  • Cindy BlahaCindy Blaha, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has just received an NSF grant to work with four collaborators to institutionalize a mentoring program for female physics faculty. Operating under the auspices of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and directed by a team that also includes lead PI Beth Cunningham and co-PIs Anne Cox from Eckerd College, Barbara Whitten from Colorado College, and Idalia Ramos from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, the "Mutual Mentoring to Combat Isolation in Physics" project will use a combination of face-to-face meetings and electronic connections to reduce the isolation of participating physicists and to support their career development. As many as 50 women physics faculty members will participate in the mutual mentoring alliances supported by this project.