Recent Grants

  • Susan Singer,Susan Singer Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences, has been awarded an IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) assignment starting in February 2013 as Director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Undergraduate Education (DUE) Division. As director of DUE, Susan will support the division’s mission of promoting excellence in undergraduate STEM education. Singer’s responsibilities with DUE – a division of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources – will entail a grant-funded leave from her Carleton responsibilities for the term of her appointment at NSF.

  • SAIL ACM graphicMary Savina, Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology, Peter Balaam, Associate Professor of English, and Clara Hardy, Professor of Classical Languages, have been selected to participate with colleagues from Coe, Luther, St. Olaf, and Colorado Colleges in a seminar sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) through its Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL) program.

    The fifteen ACM participants in Mediterranean Trivium: Earth, Sea, andItaly picture Culture will explore the interplay between humans and the natural world over time through study and an intensive, 11-day trip to Italy in summer 2013. Each college’s faculty team has outlined a multi-disciplinary curricular project to be developed through the seminar, such as creating new courses or course modules or adding interdisciplinary materials and depth to courses they currently teach.

  • Pamela Feldman-SavelsbergPamela Feldman-Savelsberg, Broom Professor of Social Demography and Anthropology and Director of African/African American Studies, has been awarded a year-long residential fellowship to the University of Bonn’s Käte Hamburger Centre for Advanced Study. The fellowship promotes international scholarly exchange related to the center’s “Law as Culture” theme. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Professor Feldman-Savelsberg will write a book titled “Mothers on the Move: Birth and Belonging from Africa to the European Union.” The book follows a community of Cameroonian migrants from the rural village via their African capital to a European metropolis, and is informed by research in three locales stretching over nearly three decades.

  • Alex Freeman, Alex FreemanAssistant Professor of Music, has been awarded a 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music grant by the American Composers Forum. Now in its 31st year, the Jerome Fund supports collaborations between emerging composers and ensembles by underwriting commission fees. Professor Freeman will compose a piece for the Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University.

  • SERC assists AAC&U project

    September 17, 2012

    Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center (SERC) will receive up to $17,500 SERC mini bannerfor contracted work with the Association of American Colleges and Universities through USDE Funds for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education for the project “Sustainability Improves Student Learning in STEM initiative.”

  • The SERC mini bannerScience Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton received $154,871 in supplemental support for expansion of their five-year continuing grant, “Collaborative Research: On the Cutting Edge: A Community Resource Transforming Geoscience Education.” The project will implement a nationwide observational program of geosciences classrooms and a qualitative interview/survey study to understand barriers to adoption of research-based teaching methods.

  • Sarah TitusIn September 2012, Associate Professor of Geology Sarah Titus received a supplement to her National Science Foundation CAREER five-year research project to undertake field work at three unique locations where oceanic “transform faults” are exposed above sea level: New Caledonia (in the south Pacific), Cyprus, and Iceland. This “Career-Life Balance Initiative” supplement of $25,174 will support time for mathematician Josh Davis and consultant Jolante van Wijk to work on aspects of dynamic modeling.

  • SERC mini bannerIn August 2013 the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton received notice of funding for assisting various collaborators in conducting evaluation, offering workshops, or disseminating content or results by hosting teaching modules and pedagogical strategies online:

     - Contract from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), for work on “Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) development and integration of CLEAN”

    - Subaward from Northern Illinois University, for an NSF DUE TUES project “WILSIM2- the Next Generation Landform Simulator”

     - Subaward from University of Texas-Austin, for an NSF GeoEd project “Collaborative Research: Diversity and Innovation for Geosciences in Texas (DIG TEXAS) - An Alliance for Earth Science Literacy”

     - Contract with St. Olaf College, for an NSF DUE TUES project “Collaborative Research: CS in Parallel: Scaling an Incremental Modular Approach to Injecting Parallel Computing Throughout CS Curricula”

     - Subaward from Rice University, for an NSF DUE TUES project “Bringing NSF MARGINS/ GeoPRISMS Continental Margins Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum”

     - Contract with St. Norbert College, for an NSF DUE TUES project “Transforming Geoscience Preparation for K-8 Pre-Service Teachers: Including Testing the Significance of an Intensive Field-based Experience”

  • Christopher Calderone, Christopher CalderoneAssistant Professor of Chemistry, transfers from Macalester College a Research Corporation Multi-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award that supports his collaborative research with Rebecca Hoye (Macalester) “Combining Organic Synthesis and Biochemistry to Study Siderophore Biosynthesis in Fungi.” This award funds a Carleton undergraduate researcher and supplies needed in summer 2013.

  • Daniel GrollDaniel Groll, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, has received an ACM (Associated Colleges of the Midwest)-University of Chicago Faculty Development Grant. This award supports a week-long trip to the University of Chicago in November 2012 to attend workshops, to discuss and continue his research for a paper on conscientious objection in medicine, and to attend a conference at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Learn more about Daniel.

  • Neiworth's research groupJulie Neiworth, Professor of Psychology and Director of Neuroscience, has been awarded an Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grant of $344,204 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her research “Revisiting Challenged Findings to Determine Social and Cognitive Abilities.” Neiworth will test a nonhuman primate model, tamarins, on several aspects of cognition contested in psychology due to the retraction or correction of work from former Harvard psychologist Marc Hauser. The topics include recognition of human speech, theory of mind, and social learning. For more, see her research web page.

  • Christopher CalderoneChristopher Calderone, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, transfers from Macalester his research support from The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation for the project “Investigations of Non-Ribosomal Peptides: Provision and Incorporation of Nonproteinogenic Monomers.”

    Professor Calderone continues what was started with Faculty Start up Award funds in support of his research focusing on the enzymology of natural product biosynthesis (such as antibiotics, anticancer agents, and other therapeutics).  By increasing understanding of these pathways, Calderone’s research will allow the engineering of modified products with desired properties.