Recent Grants

  • 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.

  • SERC 2013 bannerIn the first quarter of 2013 the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton was awarded funding from various collaborators to host teaching modules or project websites online:

    *Contract with Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) for “Collaborative Project: EarthCube Education End-User Workshop” funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) ICER (Integrative and Collaborative Education and Research) initiative.
    *Contract with TERC for “Pilot Digital Library for LTER" (Long-Term Ecological Research) funded by NSF.
    *Subaward from TERC for “Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Core Activities” funded by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    *Contract with TERC to host the project website for “Collaborative Research: EarthScope Chronicles: Scientists’ Stories and Media-Rich Earth Science Investigations” funded by the NSF Earth Sciences (EAR) division. 

  • Steven Schier, Steven SchierDorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, has received a 2013-2014 award as the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) Fulbright Chair at Uppsala University. The Chair, which is the only one of its kind in the country, is jointly financed by the Swedish Fulbright Commission in Stockholm and Uppsala University. It entails teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in American Studies, broadly defined, along with tutoring students within the grantee's area of research. Schier's appointment is from January to June of 2014. He previously held a Fulbright Senior Lectureship at York University in Toronto, Canada in 2002.

  • Justin LondonJustin London, Professor of Music, has received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to spend January through May of 2014 at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research at the University of Jyväskylä. Under the auspices of this fellowship, London will teach a seminar on rhythm and temporality as part of the Centre's Music, Mind, and Technology program; and will collaborate with his Finnish colleagues on his research project, "Dance With Me: The effect of self-motion and observed motion on perceived musical tempo."

  • Noah SalomonNoah Salomon, Assistant Professor of Religion, has been awarded a membership in the School of Social Science for the 2013-2014 academic year at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, NJ. This residential Fellowship for Scholars supports the completion of Salomon's ethnography "The People of Sudan Love You, Oh Messenger of God" which explores the Sudanese experiment with Islamic statehood and contributes to the conversation about what the rise of Muslim political actors means for the future of the Muslim world. Noah chose the IAS fellowship from among several awards made in support of this project.

  • Noah SalomonNoah Salomon, Assistant Professor of Religion, has been awarded a portion of a grant from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft or DFG) to work on a collaborative project on the conceptualization and transmission of Islamic knowledge in contemporary Africa. The grant, directed by Professor Ruediger Seesemann at the University of Bayreuth, will support Salomon's fieldwork and writing.