Recent Grants

  • 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.

  • GGao Hong Diceao Hong, Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, received the 2013 Sorel Medallion in Recording grant from the Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization, Inc. in New York City to support her recording of Lutes Around the World CD. This annual international competition selects just one woman artist, in support of the Organization’s mission to keep musical excellence alive and to help stretch the boundaries for women in music.

  • Three Carleton students and Gao Hong, Gao Hong DiceLecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, have been awarded funds from ASIANetwork for their project “Exploration and Preservation: Temple Music in the Chinese Diaspora.” This “ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows” grant, one of only thirteen given this year, supports extensive travel and research in Taiwan and Singapore for Professor Gao Hong Dice and students Kim Bauer ’13, Yawen Chen ’15, and Joseph Concannon ’13. The project continues a focus on temple music first pursued with a 2010 award for “In Search of Ancient Melodies.”

  • 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.