Gretchen Hofmeister, Professor of Chemistry, along with coPIs Dave Alberg, Professor of Chemistry, and Matt Whited, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, have been awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant for the acquisition of a new 400 MHz NMR spectrometer to support research and undergraduate research training. The improved capabilities and experimental efficiencies of the new spectrometer compared with Carleton’s current instrument will extend access to a broader range of students at Carleton, St. Olaf, and the local high school, providing new opportunities for undergraduate researchers to perform more sophisticated experiments.
- August 12, 2014
Barbara Allen, Professor of Political Science and Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences, is the recipient of a $10,000 CHS Foundation grant to support production and editing of her “Actual World, Possible Future” documentary about the social scientists Elinor and Vincent Ostrom.
- August 7, 2014
Nikki Melville, Associate Professor of Music, has been awarded a grant from Creative New Zealand in support of commissioning three composers to write piano pieces in memory of her former teacher and longtime mentor, Judith Clark. The pieces will be presented at Carleton and on tour in New Zealand during winter 2015.
- July 30, 2014
Anna Rafferty, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, has been awarded a National Science Foundation REAL (Research on Education and Learning) grant, as a subaward from University of California-Berkeley, for the three-year project “Diagnosing Misconceptions About Algebra Using Bayesian Inverse Reinforcement Learning.” Working together with PI Tom Griffiths, the research will result in a sophisticated automated algebra tutor freely available online.
- June 1, 2014
Kelly Connole, Associate Professor of Art, has been awarded a 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists, funded by The McKnight Foundation and administered by Northern Clay Center. The $25,000 award is designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community, as well as significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. See more in the Carleton News article.
- May 22, 2014
Alex Freeman, Assistant Professor of Music, has just received a McKnight Composer Fellowship from The McKnight Foundation and administered by the American Composers Forum. The $25,000, one-year fellowship recognizes composers whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time. This year, four fellows were chosen from a total pool of 63 applicants. Professor Freeman’s chamber works and choral music are performed regularly in Minnesota, across the U.S., and abroad. Read more in Carleton News.
- April 30, 2014
Audrey Russek, Andersen Fellow in American Studies, was recently awarded a 2014 Henry Belin du Pont Research Grant from the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware, which specializes in the history of American business, technology, and innovation. This residential fellowship supports Professor Russek's research for two weeks during the summer of 2014.
- April 4, 2014
Serena Zabin, Associate Professor of History, has received a Benjamin F. Stevens fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society for research in Boston during summer 2014 on her book, Occupying Boston: An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre.
- March 26, 2014
Lori Pearson, Professor of Religion, has been awarded a prestigious New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for her project “Gender, Religion, and Social Theory: Marianne Weber and the Origins of Religious Studies.” This substantial fellowship will enable her to thoroughly address legal, cultural, and societal debates about women’s rights that shaped theories of religion in Germany around 1900; and demonstrate the influence of 19th century intellectual Marianne Weber, wife of pioneering sociologist Max Weber. The funding primarily supports summer and sabbatical leave time and graduate coursework. For more see the Carleton News article.
Cameron Davidson, Professor of Geology and Director of Carleton's Interdisciplinary Science and Math Initiative, has secured additional support through the Keck Geology Consortium for his project, “South-Central Alaska - Tectonic evolution of the Chugach-Prince William terrane, south central Alaska.” The subaward, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), supports travel expenses for 2014 summer field research in Alaska and fellowships for six student researchers. The award is the latest in a series of grants coming through the Keck Consortium and one grant directly from the NSF to support Davidson's project, in which he is collaborating closely with a colleague at Union College (Schenectady, NY).
- March 18, 2014
Cecilia Cornejo, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, received a $5,000 McKnight Individual Artist grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC). Funds will enable Professor Cornejo to complete “With the Skateboarders,” an experimental documentary project filmed entirely in Northfield. Additionally, the grant will allow her to stage a premiere in Northfield, and make the film available for wider viewing.
- March 16, 2014
The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Carleton in support of interdisciplinary study of Asia and the environment. The grant, awarded by the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE), will enable faculty to identify and develop an array of courses, themes, resources, and collaborations related to the study of Asia and the environment across the curriculum. The goal of the project is to begin training a generation of students who are equipped not only with knowledge of local conditions, languages, history, and culture but also an ability to work on complex environmental challenges. Project Director Professor Kathleen Ryor will coordinate key faculty in Asian Studies, Environment and Technology Studies (ENTS), and the sciences as they conduct the project both on-campus and off-campus, in cooperation with Asian partners.