- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.