Recent Grants

  • Arjendu PattanayakArjendu Pattanayak, Professor of Physics, has been named a KITP Scholar for 2014-2016 by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This award funds travel to KITP for a total of six weeks over the next three years to work on and discuss theoretical physics with those in residence at the Kavli Institute.

  • Poskanzer & AndersonThe Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Carleton College and St. Olaf College a $1.4 million grant to support the four-year project—Broadening the Bridge: Leading Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges into a More Collaborative Future—to advance collaboration in library services, information technology, management operations, and academic programs.

    Building on efforts that began in 2012 with a planning grant from the Foundation, the institutions can now implement plans to strengthen liberal arts learning and teaching in ways that each college could not accomplish individually, and collaborate to reduce current costs or contain cost growth. Read more at this Carleton News post.

  • Dana Strand, Dana StrandAndrew W. Mellon Professor of French and the Humanities, has received funding from The Tournées Festival program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) to show five French films in February 2014 as a part of a larger international film festival at Carleton during winter and spring terms 2014. The screenings in Carleton’s Weitz Center for Creativity 250-seat cinema will be open to the larger community and will also be woven into language, literature, and cinema and media studies courses.

    The Tournées Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US and the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, along with the Florence Gould Foundation, Campus France USA, and highbrow entertainment.

  • GGao Hong Diceao Hong, Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, recently received an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to support her creation of the first-ever Double Concerto for Pipa and Violin with Symphony Orchestra to be performed with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra and Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra.

  • Gretchen HofmeisterGretchen Hofmeister, Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) grant of $65,000 for her project “Transition State Analogues as Mechanistic Probes for Asymmetric Desymmetrization by Cinchona Alkaloid-Based Catalysts.” Professor Hofmeister’s research aims to evaluate reactions and test computational models, enabling rational design of improved catalysts. Funding supports a total of eight undergraduate researchers over three summers and involves collaboration with Professors David Alberg and Daniela Kohen at Carleton, and Professor Keith Kuwata of Macalester College.

  • SERC 2013 bannerIn late summer and early fall 2013, the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton was awarded funding from various collaborators to participate in National Science Foundation projects.

     --For SBE (Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences) EESE (Ethics Education in Science and Engineering) program:

    *Contract with Montana State University for "Teaching GeoEthics Across the Geoscience Curriculum."

     --For TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Type 1 projects:

    *Subaward with Purdue University for “Collaborative Research: Cyber Enabled Data and Modeling Driven Curriculum Modules for Hydrology Education.”

    *Subaward with UNAVCO for “Collaborative Research: Geodesy curriculum for the 21st century--Innovative science for addressing societally critical issues.”

    *Subaward with Glendale Community College and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University for “The Math You Need, When You Need It: Modular Student Resources to Promote Successful Integration of Quantitative Concepts in Introductory Economics Courses.”

    *Subaward with University of Wisconsin-River Falls for “Video Bridge: Using short direct-measurement videos to bridge the gap between abstracted physics concepts and their applications.”

    --Within DUE (Division of Undergraduate Education):

    *Subaward with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to provide website services for MAA’s project “ISSUES (Integration of Strategies that Support Undergraduate Education in STEM)” workshop.

  • Laska JimsenLaska Jimsen, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, has received a Jerome Foundation “Film and Video Grant” of $15,000 in support of the production of Deer of North America.

    This documentary essay film explores the contradictory and mythologized relationships between human beings and deer.

  • David MusicantDavid Musicant, Professor of Computer Science, has received funding as a coPI on the National Science Foundation (NSF) project “CS 10K: Educational Media to Advance Computer Science (EMACS).” The collaborative team of Twin Cities Public Television, the STEM Education Center at the University of Minnesota, and Professor Musicant will pilot a media-based instructional model for high school computer science (CS) with intent to increase students’ awareness and understanding of real-world applications of CS, and improve teachers’ understanding and ability to teach core AP (Advanced Placement) computer science principles.

  • Joel Weisberg

    Joel Weisberg, Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences, has received $329,474 from the National Science Foundation Division of Astronomical Sciences in support of his four-year project “RUI: Relativistic Gravitation, Pulsar Beams and Birth Processes, and the Interstellar Medium.” This is Weisberg’s eighth NSF grant for his student-faculty team’s astrophysical research centered at Carleton. The team will use the grant to support radioastronomical and theoretical studies of pulsars at Carleton and at radiotelescopes in Puerto Rico and Australia.

    This RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions) grant funds the PI’s and student’s research at Carleton, their travel to meetings and observatories, and two month-long residencies at the Australia Telescope National Facility (click below on "Read more..." for pictures of research team members by the radiotelescope dish and for pulsar explanation).

  • Gao Hong, Gao Hong DiceLecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, has been awarded a “Folk and Traditional Arts” grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. As a master pipa player, this grant supports Gao in promoting and preserving the traditional Pudong style of pipa music, and in giving concerts and lectures in three Minnesota locations.

  • Raka Mitra, Raka MitraAssistant Professor of Biology, has been awarded $450,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Biology Division of Integrative Organismal Systems for her three-year project, “RUI: The role of Ralstonia solanacearum effector protein Rsp1281 in bacterial wilt disease.”

    This RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions) grant enables Professor Mitra to investigate a root-invading bacterial wilt pathogen to better determine plant defense pathways employed in roots, gaining insights useful for developing wilt resistant crops. The project supports the PI’s research, an undergraduate researcher in each summer, a technician year round; and it gives opportunity for students in Carleton’s Cell Biology Laboratory and Molecular Biology classes to gain important research lab experiences.

  • William NorthBill North, Associate Professor of History and Co-Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, will co-direct an NEH Summer Seminar on the theme “Reform and Renewal in Medieval Rome” with Professor of History Maureen Miller of University of California, Berkeley. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and hosted by the American Academy of Rome, this five-week seminar during summer 2014 will allow 16 college and university faculty to discuss collectively the nature and dynamics of medieval reform movements and to pursue independent research projects from multiple disciplinary perspective.