Recent Grants

  • Nelson Christensen,Nelson Christensen George H. and Marjorie F. Dixon Professor of Physics, is the recipient of a $210,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to do Laser Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) astronomy research. His three-year project “RUI: Parameter Estimation, Data Analysis, and Detector Characterization for LIGO” continues the international collaborative analyses of data in search of gravitational wave signals, including signals from massive black hole systems and supernova produced signals. As many as six undergraduate researchers will apply novel statistical strategies to parameter estimation and data analysis, and identify detector disturbances for Advanced LIGO. See more of Nelson’s work at his web page.

  • Serena Zabin, Serena ZabinAssociate Professor of History, has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship in addition to a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship to finish her book on the Boston Massacre, Occupying Boston: An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre. Professor Zabin's book uncovers the extensive personal interactions between troops and their families and townspeople, and challenges the political spin put on the "massacre" that created its iconic place on the road to the American Revolution. Notably, Professor Zabin's awards come in funding cycles when the NEH funded only 7.5% and the ACLS funded less than 7% of the fellowship proposals received.

  • Alex Knodell, Alex KnodellAssistant Professor of Classical Languages, has been awarded a fellowship from the Harvard University Loeb Classical Library Foundation to conduct a second field season of the Mazi Archaeological Project, which he co-directs with colleagues from the Swiss School of Archeology in Greece and the 3rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture. The team of 25 researchers, cultural heritage professionals, and students (some from Carleton) will employ a variety of methods, including intensive pedestrian survey, innovative digital recording, and geospatial and geophysical analysis to investigate and document surface and subsurface remains on a regional scale across the landscape of the Mazi Plain, located in Northwest Attica, Greece.

  • Barbara AllenBarbara AllenAda M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences, received $15,000 from the CHS Foundation for her documentary film, “Actual World, Possible Future-A Documentary about the Lives and Work of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom.” This CHS 2015 Cooperative Education Grant will support Barbara’s March 2015 research trip to South Korea, on which she will interview and film important figures in the Korean cooperative movement and conduct research at coops and other social enterprises, including fisheries and fish markets, eco-tourism, and water resources. This opportunity is especially important to the documentary and to the cause of the coop movement because the movement in South Korea has both wrought enormous positive social change and provided a successful contrast to the North Korean model of state control.

  • Deborah Gross,Deborah Gross Professor of Chemistry, has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program through a subaward from the MSP Corporation. The project, led by Dr. Amir Naqwi at MSP, brings together a team of leading aerosol experts to develop a cutting-edge technology for investigating the chemistry of airborne particles, which is critical for the understanding of climate change. The resulting instrument will also be an advanced tool for monitoring and controlling air pollution.

  • Liz Raleigh, Liz RaleighAssistant Professor of Sociology, has been selected for a 2015 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, a grant funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The fellowship provides Professor Raleigh with sabbatical support during 2015-2016 and a stipend for research, travel, or publication expenses. With the fellowship, Professor Raleigh will complete work on her book, Chosen Children: Race and the Adoption Marketplace, which argues that private transracial adoption serves as a lens into changing racial boundaries and conceptions of kinship in the modern United States.

  • Laurel Bradley,Laurel Bradley Senior Lecturer in Art and Art History and Director and Curator in the Perlman Teaching Museum, has been selected for a Fulbright award to Ireland. Her teaching and research appointment during academic year 2015-2016 will enable her to contribute to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) curatorial and collections programs and develop lectures and courses related to contemporary art.

  • Linda Rossi, Linda RossiProfessor of Art, has received a $10,000 Minnesota State Arts Board 2015 Artist Initiative Grant to create a complex sculptural and photographic installation at the historic Valley Grove Chapel in Nerstrand which will illuminate the natural and cultural history of Rice County, MN. The installation will be open to the public in September 2015.

  • Scott Carpenter,Scott Carpenter Professor of French, has received a $6,000 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to complete a novel dealing with a young man’s struggle to connect with his estranged brother. Set in Minnesota, the story draws on various aspects of Midwestern history. As part of the project, there will be a reading from the manuscript, and a panel discussion featuring two other Minnesota writers, about blending history and fiction.

  • Dana Strand, Dana StrandAndrew W. Mellon Professor of French and the Humanities, has received funding from the The Tournées Festival program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) to show six French films in April 2015 as a part of a larger international film festival at Carleton during winter and spring terms 2015. The screenings in Carleton’s Weitz Center cinema will be open to the larger community; and will be woven into language, literature, and cinema and media studies courses.

  • Gary Wagenbach, Gary WagenbachWinifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Biology, Science, Technology, and Society, Emeritus, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Mary Alphonse Bradley Fund. The support will be used to transport six teachers from the Lumbini Academy in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) to the US to receive content training and tutoring in best practices and pedagogy for K-12 science teaching.

  • Mark Kanazawa, Mark KanazawaProfessor of Economics, has received U.S. Department of Education National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funding through a subaward from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Working with PI Mae Davenport, Professor Kanazawa and student researchers will compile and synthesize economic-recreational tourism data, and develop recreation site fact sheets to be available on the University of Minnesota Tourism Center’s website.