Grant Awards Received 2004-05
Faculty Grant Awards Received
5/05 University of South Carolina, Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, Summer Visiting Scientist Award. $2,000, Tom Arnold (Biology). Studies of stress physiology and induced chemical defenses in plants.
3/05 ASIANetwork Hong Kong American Center Pearl River Delta Faculty Development Program, $1,200 ( Michael Fratantuono , ISB&M ) This project sponsors a 3 1 / 2 week long faculty development seminar that immerses 15 college faulty members in the study of Southeast China in summer 2005. The program will explore the rapid social, cultural, political and economic development that has occurred in China during the past quarter-century since Deng Xiaoping initiated China's "Second Revolution" in free market reform and proclaimed an "open door" to the world economy. The program will provide faculty participants with an intensive study of the economic and social transformations occurring in southeast coastal China. Working closely with the Hong Kong-America Center (the academic outreach center for a consortium of five leading Hong Kong universities), Sun Yat Sen University, and Xiamen University, faculty participants will travel throughout the region to meet Chinese and Western scholars, conduct interviews and listen to scholarly presentations, participate in site visits to public and private organizations, and generally experience first hand the dynamism of the people and economy of the greater Pearl River Delta as a microcosm of contemporary China.
2/05 Posen Foundation , $150,000 ( Andrea Lieber , Judaic Studies ) "Jewish Secular Studies: Enriching the Jewish Studies Program at Dickinson College." Funds are sought to enhance our well-established and thriving Judaic studies program in accordance with the demands of the 21st century. The funds will: a) establish one new core course in the study of secular Judaism, b) establish seven new courses to support the study of secularism and Jewish culture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, c) provide course releases to modify existing courses to emphasize the study of Jewish secular culture, d) host a series of interdisciplinary faculty seminars, and e). host speakers and cultural performances related to secular Jewish culture.
2/05 ASIANetwork Freeman Grant Program , $37,750 ( Neil Diamant , East Asian Studies ). "The Meanings and Manifestations of Patriotism in Contemporary China." This project will provide an opportunity to engage students in Chinese and American debates about patriotism. Funds will allow for student and faculty travel to and from China, housing and board for three weeks in China, visa expenses, equipment and supplies, faculty conference travel, and a faculty stipend based on the number of participating students (5). This project will run in conjunction with Diamant's Fulbright AIA award for summer 2005, which he has received.
2/05 AsiaNetwork/Henry Luce Foundation , "Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum Consultancy Grant." $1,500 ( David Strand , East Asian Studies ). This grant will provide a 2-3 day consultancy by AsiaNetwork for evaluating the Trout Gallery's Asian objects/art/material culture collection. Selected objects will be photographed for inclusion in Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum book/dvd to be published by Asia Network. Evaluator will also speak about Asian art with selected East Asian Studies and Art & Art History classes. Phil Earenfight, the Trout Gallery's grant coordinator, will receive a stipend for his time.
1/05 National Institutes of Health/Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) . $199,242 ( John Henson , Biology ). "Mechanism and Regulation of Actin-based Retrograde Flow." Retrograde flow is a form of cell motility that is mediated by the actin cytoskeleton and is widespread in eukaryotic cells.
12/04 Max Kade Foundation . $9,500. ( Wolfgang Müller , Department of German .) "German Writer-in-Residence Program." This grant will provide funding to bring one of Germany's most respected contemporary authors, Hans Joachim Schädlich, to campus during the fall semester of 2005 as the Max Kade German Writer-in-Residence. This is a particularly appropriate time to invite Schädlich to Dickinson. He will be celebrating his 70th birthday during the proposed residency, an occasion which we expect will generate additional attention for his work. Eleven other colleges, universities, and cultural organizations have also expressed interest in inviting Schädlich to give public readings at their institutions during the residency, (from mid-September 2005 through mid-December 2005). During his time on campus, Schädlich will be focusing on work for a new novel and will be a guest lecturer in classes focusing on modern German literature. He will also meet informally with colleagues from other departments who teach literature and art. His visit will coincide with the fourth Carlisle Symposium on Contemporary German Literature, where organizers are planning to invite him to be the keynote speaker. The proposed grant will cover the writer's monthly stipend and a portion of his trans-Atlantic travel.
11/04 Mathematical Association of America . $23,500. "Developing Resources for External Evaluators of Mathematical Science Departments: Guidelines, Case Studies, and Training Materials." ( Nancy Hastings , Department of Math & Computer Science ). This workshop is intended to provide information to help outside mathematical science evaluators conduct more effective reviews, by drawing on the experience of members of the mathematics community who have worked as outside evaluators for mathematical science departments. The goal of the workshop is to produce a set of guidelines and supporting materials for conducting an external review, which can be used to train colleagues to serve as outside evaluators. In preparation for the workshop, participants will review relevant materials, such as the MAA Guidelines, and each will outline a case study based on their experiences. The format of the workshop itself will be collaborative; the participants will all serve as presenters, discussion group leaders, and members of the writing team. The intensive component of the workshop will involve 15 participants and will be held at Dickinson from June 15 - 18, 2005.
11/04 Research Corporation - Cottrell College Science Award. $36,101 (David Crouch , Chemistry ) "Design, Synthesis and Biological Assay of Cyclopropyl-containing Analogs of Adrenergic Agents." This project will fund a new line of research into the possible adrenergic activity of analogs of compounds with known activity. The goal is to prepare a new series of compounds which contain a cyclopropyl ring, assay the ability of these compounds to bind to specific receptors in the adrenergic nervous system and determine the effect evoked by binding. If they behave in a manner similar to the compounds on which they are based, these compounds could serve as potential treatments for stress incontinence by causing the tissues surrounding the urethra to tighten or, conversely, serve as a treatment for benign prostatic hypertrophy by causing the relaxation of these same muscles. Arrangements have been made for new compounds to be assayed by Professor Nancy Kanagy of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Those compounds showing the desired biological activity will be sent to a commercial lab for radioligand studies.
10/04 Institute for Aegean Prehistory . $21,300 (Christofilis Maggidis , Classical Studies ). "Royal Workshops of Mycenae: The Artisans Workshop and the House of Columns." This three-year renewable grant supports the salary of one full-time research assistant in the US, part-time research assistants in the summer in Greece, extensive petrographic analysis of pottery samples, the 3-D virtual model of the Royal Workshops of Mycenae, and publication and manuscript preparation expenses.
8/04 National Endowment for the Humanities/Summer Seminar for School Teachers . $119,252 (Michael Kline and Nancy Mellerski , Department of French and Italian ). "Citizenship and Culture: French Identity in Crisis." This seminar invites 15 secondary school teachers of French to Dickinson for five weeks in the summer of 2005 under the co-direction of Michael Kline and Nancy Mellerski. Participants will explore the construction of republican identity in France and study challenges to the ideal, foundational French Republic since the Revolution of 1789. The seminar will first take up representations of the Republic in art, theater, essay and film. The goal will be to understand how the symbols of the Republic are ideologically invested, and how the ownership of each has evolved over time as the master narrative of nationhood unfolds. With this historical perspective, the seminar will turn to the question of how French identity as a product of the centralizing heritage of Jacobinism has been pressured by the demands of ethnic and regional voices that are increasingly demanding of recognition and autonomy. Participants will study regional identities and languages from the perspective of language policy and the formation of the state, through autobiographical writings and essays and in debates on the European Charter on Regional and Minority Languages. Teachers will also examine how decolonization has brought new pressures on Republican universalism as the Muslim community asserts its cultural identity. The "Headscarf Affair," the most important drama in contemporary France, in which the wearing of religious clothing and symbols in school confronts the republican sacrament of secularism, will constitute the second case study of the challenge to French republicanism.
7/04 U.S. Dept of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), $28,000 (Brian Whalen, Global Education ). Dickinson, in collaboration with the American Council on Education (ACE), has received funding for a three-year project to advance the assessment of international learning with the long-term goal of improving student international learning at U.S. higher education institutions. Other institutions collaborating in ACE's project include: Kalamazoo College, James Madison University, Kapi'olani Community College, Michigan State University, and Palo Alto Community College. Dickinson will work with ACE and these institutions to develop models for assessing international learning and share them with other institutions in the ACE Internationalization Collaborative. The project will include the development and application of both portfolio and quantitative assessment measures, and involve IB&M, International Studies, and Policy Studies majors. The Dickinson assessment team includes Brian Whalen, Walt Chromiak, Patrick Mullane, Michael Fratantuono, Michael Poulton, and Jim Hoefler.
5/04 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute: Responsiveness and Competence in the Bureau of the Budget $625. Andrew Rudalevige This project will examine presidential archives at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library focusing on the period during Franklin D. Roosevelt's (FDR) presidency. The project will explore whether and to what extent FDR and his budget director, Harold Smith politicized the Bureau of the Budget (BoB) to make it more responsive to presidential desires by asking the questions, what did FDR want from the BoB and how did the BoB staff work with the Executive Office of the President to provide the President with what he wanted? Research will be presented in paper form at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, a conference on American political development at Yale University and ultimately in a book length examination of politicization, responsiveness, and competence.
5/04 Fulbright Alumni Initiative Awards (AIA) Program. $25,000. Neil Diamant , East Asian Studies . Press Release . Diamont intends to examine the nature of contemporary patriotism in the United States and China with the input of scholars from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. The plan includes three dimensions: 1) Dickinson-based activities that will be year-round, and will include a Freshman seminar taught by Dr. Diamant on Patriotism in Comparative Perspective, guest speakers from the community, and panels hosted by Dickinson's Clarke Center, 2) a joint Dickinson-SASS symposium in the Spring of 2005 (at Dickinson) featuring 2-3 scholars from SASS, interested Dickinson faculty and invited guests; students will be very involved in planning the symposium, which will also be linked to the Freshman seminar, 3) a China-based activity in which SASS will host two Dickinson faculty and selected students. SASS will arrange for the faculty and students to meet with SASS researchers and public officials to discuss the nature of patriotism and its role in Sino-US relations. The trip to China will take place in May 2005, immediately after the academic year. We anticipate that these activities will strengthen the relationship between the two co-sponsors, as well as begin a long-term relationship between SASS and Dickinson faculty, many of whom have research and pedagogical interests in China.
2/04 Center for the Study of Democratic Politics: The Structure of Leadership: Presidential Decision Making, Hierarchy, and Accountability $46,720. Andrew Rudalevige As a visiting research scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics Rudalevige will examine how information is exchanged at the heart of the American system of government. He will consider how different staff structures change the ability of presidents to become aware of relevant policy problems and to receive germane, timely advice on the range of options available to mitigate those problems probing the questions: What, and what kind of, information reaches presidents? How does this affect the ways decisions are conceived, and taken? How does it constrain the policies presidents choose, and thus the president's relationship to the public and the democratic process? Rudalevige's research and work will culminate in a book of scholarly and practical knowledge pertaining to presidental decision making.
Institutional Grant Awards Received FY 04-05
5/05 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation $47,256 to support Dickinson College 's membership in the Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions program. This program will provide a health savings vehicle through Fidelity and offer postretirement health coverage through Aetna for Dickinson employees. See news release .
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) - Bringing Theory to Practice - Engaged Learning, Student Mental Health, and Civic Development Demonstration Program. $90,000. ( Joyce Bylander / Shalom Staub , Campus Academic Affairs) "Student Impact Assessment of Engaged Learning Initiatives." Through this project the College intends to undertake a two-year study of the effects of student participation in our expanded "learning communities" program to specifically examine whether variously structured learning experiences-classroom-based, service-learning, outdoor experiential learning, and a non-credit learning community organized around community service-yield different impacts on student learning, mental health, and civic engagement. Dickinson's proposed project will explicitly test the relationship between engaged learning initiatives (learning communities, service-learning, experiential learning, and community service) and their short- and long-term effect on student engagement, alcohol abuse, mental health, and civic engagement. Shalom Staub, Joyce Bylander, John-Paul Checkett, Lina Chalk, Rebecca Hammel, Norm Jones, and John Miyahara will serve as the Project Team, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Ashley Finely will serve as the Principal Investigator for the research.
5/05 U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs - 2005 Study of the United States Institute on U.S. Political Economy and the Global Economic System. "Striking the Balance: State and Market in the U.S. Economy." Cooperative Agreement for $229,834. ( Russ Bova , IS & Political Science/ Laurie Mossler , OGE) This Institute, slated for June 24 through August 6, 2005, will provide a graduate-level seminar for 18 multinational university educators to enhance their understanding of U.S. society and culture, and to improve teaching and curricula about the U.S. at foreign universities. The broad objective of the institute, entitled "Striking the Balance: State and Market in the U.S. Economy" is to provide foreign university faculty and scholar-practitioners with an enriched understanding of the American political-economic model and its place within the larger context of the global economy. The Department of State will select the program participants. Through academic coursework, visits to appropriate sites of interest, guest speakers, participatory projects, and interactions with U.S. peers and American citizens, participants will examine the U.S. market economy. The project will focus on the complexity of the U.S. experience and the debates generated in the quest to find the proper balance of government and market in the economy. Since many participants will be coming from emerging market economies struggling with this issue, it will be useful to them to examine this theme through the lens of the U.S. experience. See news release and institute web site .
4/05 Booth Ferris Foundation, "Dickinson Center for the Study of Human Origins" $200,000. ( Christofilis Maggidis , Classics; Karen Weinstein and Kjell Enge , Anthropology) This grant provides funds to undertake physical renovations in Denny Hall to create two new class-room/laboratories and a smart classroom for computer-based coursework designed to support ac-tive, project-centered teaching and learning in the fields of archaeology and anthropology.
3/05 Academy for Educational Development (AED) - Partnerships for Learning Undergraduate Studies (PLUS) Program. $252,000. ( Brian Whalen , Office of Global Education ) In partnership with AED, Dickin-son will enroll between 5 and 10 academically talented undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa who exhibit leadership potential in contributing to the economic, political and social development of the region. This project will provide scholarships for the students for academic years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. PLUS program participants will be expected to un-dertake studies in the social sciences and humanities with the goal of being awarded the baccalaureate degree from Dickinson in May 2007.
3/05 PA Dept of Community and Economic Development, Office of Technology Transfer, Keystone Innovation Zone Planning Grant , $30,000 ( Ann Dykstra ). "Dickinson-Carlisle Keystone Innovation Zone." Dickinson College and the Borough of Carlisle have been awarded funds for a Prototype Planning Phase (matched by community generated funds) that will focus on how to leverage the resources of Pennsylvania's liberal arts colleges and their communities to accelerate Commonwealth economic growth under the KIZ Program. This grant will prepare an inventory of Carlisle Area resources, identify business clusters and community economic development opportunities, investigate partnerships and define zones of opportunity. The result of these efforts will be a report to guide the preparation of a full KIZ proposal to benefit Dickinson and Carlisle.
1/05 The Starr Foundation , $1,000,000. To further augment the CV Starr Scholarship Fund that the Foundation established in 1988 as a permanent endowment. The Foundation made the gift at this time in recognition of Dickinson's efforts to attract an economically diverse student body (for example, through its participation in the Posse Foundation Program) and as part of a Starr Foundation effort to support needs blind admissions at select institutions.
1/05 The Corella and Bertram Bonner Foundation, Bonner Leader Program Enrichment Grant, $5,000. (John Miyahara , Director of Religious Life and Community Service ). This grant will provide funding for orientation, travel, a service trip and funds for a Bonner intern for academic year 2005. The Dickinson College Bonner Leader Program was established in 2003 to provide educational and service opportunities for students.
1/05 W. M. Keck Foundation. "Dickinson Center for the Study of Human Origins" $400,000. ( Christofilis Maggidis , Classics; Karen Weinstein and Kjell Enge , Anthropology) This grant will provide computer equipment, software, specialized scientific equipment, and supplies to equip two new and expanded classroom/laboratories to facilitate active, project-centered teaching and learning in archaeology and anthropology, as well as to establish a smart classroom for related computer-based coursework and a modest fund for faculty curricular and professional development activities related to this project.
1/05 Max Kade Foundation, Inc . $6,000. This grant provides funds for equipment, library materials, and lectures by visiting scholars for the Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Culture.
1/05 Amideast/US State Dept. Partnership for Learning Undergraduate Studies (PLUS) Pre-Academic Phase , $200,000. This is a contract arrangement between AMIDEAST and Dickinson to host 8 students for ESL/EFL training and prepare them for undergraduate study in the US. Dickinson is one of about 10 schools that will host students from the Middle East and South Asia. Students will come from Iraq (1); West Bank/Gaza (1); Morocco (2); Bangladesh (1); Syria (1); Kuwait (1); India (1).
8/04 C.V. Starr Foundation $200,000. For C.V. Starr Scholarship Endowment.
7/04 Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World. David Commins , Clarke Center . Dickinson will host Dr Razia Sultana, a Pakistani scholar of Afghanistan's history, ethnic politics, post-conflict reconstruction, and gender during fall semester of 2004 (October 23-November 6) During that time she will engage our campus through guest lectures in appropriate courses, informal meetings with faculty and students, a public forum on Religion and Political Power hosted by our Clarke Center, and various speaking engagements on and off-campus in other educational institutions and with local and regional civic and other groups. Dr. Sultana is an Assistant Professor of History, at Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Her research focuses on Political and Intra-Ethnic Dilemmas in Afghanistan.
6/04 U.S. Army War College - Strategic Studies Institute $24,000. ( Doug Stuart , Political Science / IS ; Jeff McCausland, Leadership in Conflict Initiative.) "U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship: Past, Present and Future." This project is designed to study the evolving multi-faceted nature of this unique bilateral relationship, to offer predictions about its direction, and then to make policy recommendations designed to help both governments to prepare for potential problems and cultivate positive trends. Dickinson will co-host [with SSI, the British Consul General's Office and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)] a high visibility conference in the United States. During this three-day conference at Dickinson, slated for October 2004, 12 experts will present original papers dealing with three general topics: Historical and Cultural Aspects of the Special Relationship, Economic and Political Relations, and Security Relations. The panelists will speak to an audience of approximately 100 invited guests, journalists, and representatives of the U.S. Army War College, CSIS, the UK Consular Office, and Dickinson College.
6/04 The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Watershed-Based Integrative Field Semesters in Environmental Studies $459,615. The Department of Environmental Studies proposes to introduce a major new curricular initiative by developing a series of watershed-based integrative field semesters over a five-year grant period. The goal of the project is to better prepare undergraduate ES students for the complexity and diversity of community-based environmental issues by immersing them in coursework, independent study, and intensive fieldwork research in two comparative watershed regions: the Chesapeake Bay and the lower Mississippi River basin. This program will link the strengths of the department's academic coursework with the co- curricular ALLARM program. The new integrated semester program will enroll 20 students for the equivalent of their entire normal four-course load and be team-taught by ES faculty, contributing faculty for other disciplines, and guest lecturers from the watershed regions. ALLARM's directors will collaborate with ES faculty to plan and coordinate field activities, select watershed partners, support students' independent study projects, and provide continuity to fulfill longer-term commitments with partnering community groups. The first year of the grant will be devoted to curriculum development, identification of specific community and academic collaborators, design of assessment tools, and advertising for student participation. Actual course and fieldwork will occur in the spring semesters of years 2, 3 and 4, while year 5 will be devoted to a cumulative evaluation.
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