Recent Grants

  • Gao Hong, Gao HongDirector of the Chinese Music Ensemble and Senior Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, was awarded a 2019 Folk and Traditional Arts Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Hong will record the ten most important Pudong style pipa pieces on video to help pass on Pudong to future generations. She will present two concerts, ten lectures, and ten workshops for schools, senior centers, and community music groups.

  • Linda Rossi, Linda RossiProfessor of Art, has been awarded an Individual Artist Grant for Advancing Artists from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) for her project “Photographic Puzzles of Rice County.” Building on her recent successful installation at Valley Grove chapel, Professor Rossi will create a series of photographic puzzles that focus on the landscapes, flora, and fauna of Rice County, fostering exploration of the ways in which we conscript nature in everyday objects. Professor Rossi plans to hold a public event showcasing the puzzles and featuring a reading by a local naturalist at the Northfield Library in September 2019.

  • Rika Anderson, Rika AndersonAssistant Professor of Biology, has received NASA funding for a project to improve how scientists recognize whether an exoplanet can or does support life. Prof. Anderson’s work in “The Virtual Planetary Laboratory (VPL): Advancing the Search for Life Beyond the Solar System” project will contribute to NASA’s broader “Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS)” network. As a co-investigator with Victoria Meadows of the University of Washington-Seattle, Prof. Anderson will examine the early evolution of microbial life on Earth. She will work with a Carleton undergraduate researcher on bioinformatics tasks over the course of the five-year grant, and attend the Astrobiology Science Conference each other year.

  • Jay Tasson, Jay TassonAssistant Professor of Physics, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant (#1806990) for a three-year project “RUI: Tests of Gravity, Data Analysis, and Detector Characterization for LIGO.” The research continues efforts, advanced in part by coPI Nelson Christensen, to identify and characterize noise in data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). Prof. Tasson will help develop tools to perform and interpret multimessenger astrophysics. The project involves undergraduate researchers and outreach to the local community.

  • Rika Anderson, Rika AndersonAssistant Professor of Biology, will contribute to a NASA Exobiology project “Elucidating the role of viruses in shaping microbial adaption and evolutionary trajectories in the subseafloor of deep-sea hydrothermal vents” led by Lisa Zeigler Allen at the J. Craig Ventor Institute. Prof. Anderson, with a student researcher and research associate, will assist with bioinformatics tasks.

  • Caroline Turnage-Butterbaugh, Caroline Turnage-ButterbaughAssistant Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded an AMS-Simons Travel grant, administered by the American Mathematical Society with support from the Simons Foundation. The two-year grant provides research-related funds for Professor Turnage-Butterbaugh’s travel and for bringing her research collaborators to Carleton, as well as additional funds for enhancing the research atmosphere in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Carleton.

  • Ryan Terrien, Ryan TerrienAssistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, received a contract from NASA in March 2018 to serve as a co-investigator on a project to develop a new exoplanet-finding spectrograph. The spectrograph, called “NEID,” will detect exoplanets by measuring their minute gravitational tugs on their host stars. During summer 2018, Prof. Terrien will work with collaborators from Penn State, the University of Arizona, and other institutions to develop and commission new software and calibration systems for NEID, working towards a goal of commissioning the full spectrograph at the WIYN Telescope (Kitt Peak Observatory, AZ) in 2019.

  • Juliane Schicker,Juliane Schicker Assistant Professor of German, has been accepted for the NEH Summer Institute “Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music and Film.” This four-week institute allows participants to pursue an intensive program of study under a team of experts on the GDR. Prof. Schicker will apply the interdisciplinary examination into the GDR arts gained at the Institute to her teaching and research, including projects on Mahler and women's rock music in the GDR.

  • Noah Salomon, Noah Salomon Associate Professor of Religion and Director of Middle East Studies, has received a prestigious New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a new project, “Thinking Islam across the Sunni-Shi‘i Divide: A New Approach to Islamic Studies.” Among all grants available to humanities scholars, New Directions Fellowships are among the largest in size and longest in duration, providing up to three years of funding.

    Prof. Salomon’s project will develop a unique new perspective on key questions that have troubled Islamic studies, and the study of religion at large, for decades. His project will involve extensive travel and language study as well as intensive research into Shi‘i theology, law and politics. In addition to a new scholarly project, the New Directions Fellowship will also enable Prof. Salomon to launch new courses related to his studies.

  • Gao Hong, Gao HongSenior Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments and Director of the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble, received a USArtists International (USAI) grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The Gao Hong and Issam Rafea Duo will perform at the Beijing Music Festival in China. USAI is the only national initiative in the United States solely devoted to supporting performances by American artists at important international cultural festivals and arts marketplaces abroad.

  • Gao Hong, Gao Hong and pipaSenior Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments and Director of the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble, along with three Carleton students, received a fellowship from the ASIANetwork’s Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows (SFF) Program. Centered on a research trip to China, the project will document how musicians in the city of Quanzhou maintain and preserve nanyin, a genre of Chinese classical music local to the Fujian province. Working with Gao, the three student participants – Gus Holley ’20, Lia Spencer ’18, and Yiqing Yu ’21 – will improve their Chinese language skills, further develop their musical abilities, transcribe music, interview the local people working to preserve nanyin, and develop a website to document the project.

  • Ryan Terrien, Ryan TerrienAssistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has received a subaward from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) for the Heising-Simons Foundation-supported project “Towards Tranquil Terrestrial Worlds Orbiting Tiny, Turbulent Stars: Next-Generation Algorithms to Reveal Nearby ExoEarths Using Near-Infrared Doppler Spectroscopy.” In summer 2018, Prof. Terrien will work with undergraduate researchers to help improve the precision of analysis techniques that are being used to search for exoplanets orbiting nearby red dwarf stars.