Recent Grants

  • 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.

  • FSERC mini bannerrom fall 2011 through late spring 2012 the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton has been assisting various collaborators in conducting evaluative processes and in hosting teaching modules and pedagogical strategies online:

    - Subaward from Grinnell and Iowa State University, for an NSF LSAMP project “IINspire LSAMP-An Alliance Modeling How to Broaden Participation in Changing Midwest Demographics.”

    - Subaward from The City University of New York (CUNY), for an NSF TUES grant “Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE): A Project of CUNY Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Alliance.”  

    - Contract from TERC (Technical Education Research Centers) via an NSF NSDL grant to NSDL.org, to aid “Repositioning NSDL for the Next Generation of Digital Learning.”

    - Contract from Broad-based Knowledge, for the NSF NSDL-funded workshop project “TR-NSDL Reflections: Supplemental Request for Pathways to Progress Revisted.” 

    - Contract from Bowdoin College for an NSF TUES “Support of 'Quantitative Literacy and Reasoning Assessment' (QLRA) project.”

    - Contract from Glendale Community College, to conduct an NSF TUES-funded workshop in summer 2012 “Supporting community college faculty across the STEM disciplines.”

  • Gao Hong and pipaGao Hong Dice, Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, is the winner of a prestigious 2012-2013 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, administered by MacPahil Center for Music, which allows her to continue development and performance of her musical skills on the pipa. Hong is the only musician in any genre to be awarded four McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians. For more of Gao’s activities, see her home page.

  • Sabrice GuerrierSabrice Guerrier, HHMI/CFD Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, has been awarded a 2012 Visiting Professors Award from the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Minorities Affairs Committee. This award supports Professor Guerrier’s research during the summer with a host scientist at the University of Chicago, continued research at Carleton, and attendance at the ASCB Annual Meeting in December 2012.

  • Daniel GrollThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Daniel Groll, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, a Summer Stipend for his project “Autonomy and Loyalty.” Over two months of fall 2012, Professor Groll will work on a paper about the relationship between autonomy and loyalty and conceptions of the good life, and work with colleagues at the University of Chicago and Georgetown University, where he will serve as a visiting scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. For more on Daniel’s work, visit his Web Site.

  • Nelson ChristensenNelson Christensen, Professor of Physics, was awarded a $185,530 grant from the National Science Foundation to do Laser Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) astronomy research. His three-year project “RUI: Parameter Estimation, Data Analysis, and Detector Characterization for LIGO” continues the international collaborative analyses of data in search of gravitational wave signals, including signals from massive black hole systems and supernova produced signals. As many as six undergraduate researchers will apply novel statistical strategies to parameter estimation and data analysis, and identify detector disturbances for Advanced LIGO. See more of Nelson’s work at his web page.

  • Kristin BloomerKristin Bloomer, Assistant Professor of Religion, has been awarded two grants for her research project “Possessed by Mary: Hinduism, Roman Catholicism, and Marian Spirit Possession in Contemporary Tamil Nadu, S. India,” a book-length ethnography, grounded in the interpretive traditions of the history of religions, which follows the lives of three Roman Catholic women in south India – differing in caste, class, and geographic backgrounds – who claim to be possessed by Mary, the mother of Jesus. The book will offer new perspectives on Marian spirit possession, religious syncretism (especially of Christians and Hindus), and gender and power in contemporary Tamil Nadu, challenging the normative stereotypes promulgated in anthropology and the study of religions.

    *The Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School will appoint Professor Bloomer as a research associate and visiting faculty member and provide $58,000 in stipend and expenses for work there during the 2012-2013 academic year. (Along with Associate Professor Lori Pearson, Assistant Professor Bloomer is the second Carleton faculty member to receive a fellowship from the Harvard Divinity School's Women’s Studies in Religion Program. The program chose five scholars from an international pool of candidates: two were from Carleton.)

    *An American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship of $35,000 will support final research and writing in 2013.

  • Lori PearsonLori Pearson, Associate Professor of Religion, has been awarded a research associate and visiting faculty residency for 2012-13, in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. Support of $58,000 in stipend and expenses for the book project “Sexuality and Social Order” enables Professor Pearson to focus on Marianne Weber (wife of sociologist Max Weber) and explore the ways in which cultural and political debates about women’s rights informed early 20th-century theories of religion, social order, and secularization.

    Along with Assistant Professor Kristin Bloomer, Associate Professor Pearson is the second Carleton faculty member to receive a fellowship from the Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program. The program chose five scholars from an international pool of candidates: two were from Carleton.

  • In Sarah TitusFebruary 2012, Assistant Professor of Geology Sarah Titus received a prestigious CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a five-year research project on oceanic fault lines. The $418,891 grant will enable Titus 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 field work will feed into an elaborate and groundbreaking effort to quantitatively model the faults.

    Titus’ project is notable in its emphasis on student participation. The structure of her project, with multiple field sites, tools, and computational components, lends itself naturally to the involvement of up to 20 undergraduate researchers over the five-year period. Additionally, summer camps about the local geology will be run twice for girls of about 13-15 years old - the age at which research suggests girls lose interest in science as a possible career.

    The NSF’s CAREER program supports exceptional junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent teaching, and the integration of teaching and research.

  • George VrGeorge Vrtistis, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and History, and Chris Wells of Macalester College received a $102,522 grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to support their research on Minnesota's environmental history. The grant will support a conference on the topic scheduled for June 2012 at the Minnesota Historical Society and the editing of a book based on the conference papers and other solicited essays.

  • Gao Hong DiceGao Hong Dice, Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, received two grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

    An Arts Tour Minnesota grant of $12,200 supports Hong’s performances – solo and with her group, Butterfly – of Chinese Music from the Ancient Past to Modern Times. She will also lecture in several classes at Concordia College, College of Saint Benedict, and Saint John's University.

    The Folk and Traditional Arts grant of $24,700 supports Gao in preserving and sharing Chinese temple music through community outreach activities and stage performances at several venues in Northfield, Saint Paul, and Minneapolis. See more of Gao’s activities at her home page.

  • MMaureen Jacksonaureen Jackson, ACLS New Faculty Fellow in Middle Eastern Languages, has received a Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica for the 2013 spring semester at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies. The fellowship enables Professor Jackson to conduct and share research on the Center's 2012-2013 theme of “Music in Jewish Life.”