Grants Received 2009-10
Faculty Grant Awards Received
National Science Foundation RAPID (Grants for
Rapid Response Research). $53,661. (Ben Edwards, Earth Science)
“Constraints on fragmentation and lava-ice contact from ongoing 2010
Eyjafjallajökull eruption, south central Iceland” Starting 20 March and
continuing to the present, Eyjafjallajökull central volcano has experienced two
different types of eruptions: initial strombolian and hawaiian eruptions of
alkaline basalt from the northeastern flank (Fimmvörthuháls), producing
lava-snow interactions, and starting 14 April, after a short temporal hiatus,
the eruption was renewed beneath the summit caldera of the volcano
(Eyjafjallajökull summit). The summit eruption has been much more explosive,
and preliminary analyses show that the magma is more silicic in composition.
Several important aspects of the eruption will be investigated during the next
12 months that will result in better knowledge and methodologies for
interpreting ancient glaciovolcanic deposits, and also better prepare society
for future glaciovolcanic eruptions from Iceland or from western North America.
Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Tourism Grant Program.
$8,000. Matt Pinsker, House Divided Project/History Department; Cumberland
County Historical Society. The House Divided Project at Dickinson College and
the Cumberland County Historical Society will work together to build a dynamic
website featuring dramatic stories from the era that will enhance a series of
walking and driving tours developed around Civil War era themes. These combined resources will together enable
a wide variety of visitors (teachers & students, families, heritage tour
groups, etc.) to consider extending their stay in the Cumberland Valley and to
better appreciate the role of the region in both the coming of the Civil War
and during the conflict.
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Psychology Summer Institute. $2000. (Megan Yost, Psychology). Funding will
support Yost’s attendance at a week-long summer research institute to be held
at the University of Michigan. The goal of the Institute is to "provide a
unique venue for an intensive exchange of ideas among senior, junior and
graduate student scholars located across LGBT psychology." Institute participants will attend seminars
and colloquia led by the senior scholars in attendance, and will discuss their
own related research projects or works-in-progress via poster presentations
throughout the week. Also, faculty attendees will have the opportunity to lead
a roundtable on research or pedagogy related to LGBT psychology.
for the Humanities―Summer Institute for College and University Teachers.
(Christopher Bilodeau, History) “Ritual and Ceremony from Late-Medieval Europe
to Early America” This five-week institute
will be directed by Claire Sponsler, Professor of English at the
University of Iowa, and hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library. This
institute offers a comparative study of ritual and ceremony across related
cultures from 1300 to 1700. It builds on anthropological theories of the
ubiquitous role of ritual and ceremony and the impact of that work in
performance studies. Testing assumptions about influence and exchange
among national traditions and local contexts, it seeks a new understanding of
the processes and effects of cultural hybridity and assimilation. Prof.
Bilodeau’s attendance at this institute will allow him to acquire epistemological
strategies to uncover and analyze indigenous understandings of European
colonial activity through the issues raised by this ideational-functional
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Psychology Summer Institute. $2000.
(Megan Yost, Psychology). Funding will support Yost’s attendance at a
week-long summer research institute to be held at the University of
Michigan. The goal of the Institute is to "provide a unique venue for
an intensive exchange of ideas among senior, junior and graduate
student scholars located across LGBT psychology." Institute
participants will attend seminars and colloquia led by the senior
scholars in attendance, and will discuss their own related research
projects or works-in-progress via poster presentations throughout the
week. Also, faculty attendees will have the opportunity to lead a
roundtable on research or pedagogy related to LGBT psychology.
Lee (Art & Art History) has been awarded four grants for her
project entitled, "Therapeutic Culture: Health and Medicine in
Turn-of-the-Century American Art." This project examines the
relationship between health, disease and illness in late-nineteenth-
and early-twentieth-century American art. The awards will allow Lee to
further her research these issues as they pertain to two specific
chapters of her book: one on tuberculosis, which analyzes works by
Abbott Thayer and John Singer Sargent, and a second which focuses on
Augustus Saint-Gaudens and the Cornish artists’ colony. The grants
- One month residency at The Huntington Library; $2,500
- A grant from The College of Physicians of Philadelphia; $1,600
- A one month residency : $1700 stipend plus travel and accommodation
to The Wolfsonian Library at Florida International University
- A $10,000, 3 month Smithsonian Institution Senior Fellowship/residency in Washington, DC
Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, $4,100. (Davis
Tracy, WDCV FM.) The funds requested will be used to support the
production of WDCV radio broadcasts which will illuminate/publicize the
offerings of Arts events both on the Dickinson College campus and in
the geographic area, and build relations between the College and
Carlisle Community through promotion of Arts events in the town.
Japan Foundation – Japanese Studies Fellowship Program. $54,000.
(Alex Bates, East Asian Studies) “The Culture of the Quake: The Great
Kanto Earthquake and Taisho Japan.” This funding will support the
completion of research and writing of a manuscript. This book will be a
definitive look at the various ways writers, photographers and
filmmakers depicted the earthquake in the immediate aftermath, with
special attention to issues of class, high and low culture, and ethnic
identity revolving around the Korean Massacre. The earthquake was a
defining moment for many who lived through it and for the nation as a
whole. Recent scholarship has shed more light on the earthquake itself
and the subsequent events on the political side. The study builds on
and extends this research into the cultural realm. Though the book
takes the earthquake as a focal point, it is not limited to the
portrayal of the disaster alone. Rather, it is about how in these works
we can see both continuities and the emergence of new ways of thinking
about art and its proper place in a rapidly changing society.
Japan Foundation – Long-Term Fellowship Program. $42,000.
(Shawn Bender, East Asian Studies) “Techno-Utopian Imaginaries Meet
Lived Realities: Robotics and the Management of Japan’s Aging Society.”
This project will investigate the intersection between the discourses
about the emergent role of robotics technologies in Japanese society
and the complexities of their implementation in everyday life. The
project will concentrate on three major areas of implementation: among
elderly residents of nursing homes in Toyama prefecture, Ibaraki
prefecture, and Tokyo; among rural farmers and patients in facilities
who are using supplementary “robotic strengths” to facilitate work or
physical therapy; and among planners of a future urban development
project in Osaka, where a Center of Robotic Experiments (CORE) is at
the heart of a massive new commercial and residential district.
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) Fulbright Scholar In Residence (SIR) program. (David
Commins, Ed Webb, MES; Andrea Lieber, JS; Neil Leary (CESE). Dickinson
will engage a scholar from an Israeli University (Ben Gurion or Hebrew
University) for a full academic year 2011. The Scholar will teach
courses related to environment, sustainability, conflict, and
development in the Middle East. This will deepen curriculum and
connections between Middle East Studies, Judaic Studies, boost global
dimensions of our Environmental Sustainability Initiative, and
strengthen our study abroad programs through enhancing new partnerships
with Israeli institutions.
Council for International Exchange of Scolars (CIES) Fulbright German Studies Seminar.
Susan Rose, Community Studies Center.Funding will support Rose’s
attendance at a two-week seminar that covers a wide range of topics
about contemporary Germany. Portions of the program will take place in
Berlin and other cities throughout Eastern Germany. Past seminar topics
have included: Urban Planning in Germany; International Migration and
National Identities; Challenges of Demographics; Muslim Minorities;
Germany in a Changing Europe; Germany’s Future: New Parties – New
Solutions. “The German Sozialstaat Re-Visited: A System in Turmoil” is
the title of the 2010 German Studies seminar. The seminar will focus on
how demographic developments in Germany are challenging its social
security system, employment trends and political development.
American Library Association (ALA) - Carnegie-Whitney Fellowship. $3,951.(Christine
Bombaro/LIS). The American Library Association will help fund the
completion of Bombaro’s book project, “Finding History,“ a book-length
guide to research methodology and information literacy application for
undergraduate scholars of history. This guide will help new history
students, particularly those intending to declare a history major, to
perform historical inquiry efficiently and with the standard, scholarly
finding tools used by professionals. “Finding History” includes
practical, step-by-step instructions for discovering historical
evidence using library catalogs, databases, and websites; and is
illustrated with search samples and tables providing a wealth of
scholarly starting points.
National Science Foundation/Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) – Request for Supplement to Award. $29,045. (David Jackson, Physics & Astronomy)“Integrating
Photon Quantum Mechanics Experiments into the Undergraduate Physics
Curriculum.” With this supplemental funding, a series of Lab-View
computer interface programs will be designed and constructed to be used
in conjunction with the experiments that have been implemented as part
of the existing NSF-CCLI grant. The Principal Investigator will spend
2.5 months of his sabbatical developing and revising these Lab-View
programs. Specifically, plans include: modifying a Lab-View interface
for single-photon quantum mechanics experiments (to incorporate a piezo
controller and automate single-photon interference experiments);
developing a user-friendly Lab-View interface for a spatial filtering
experiment; and developing a user-friendly Lab-View interface for
Vernier Software & Technology. $2,000(Kenneth
Laws, Physics) “Science and the Art of Dance workshop.” This funding
will support a week-long summer workshop on the science of dance for
teenage dancers and dance students, which will focus on education at
the pre-college and college levels. Leading dance teachers, health
professionals who interface with dancers, and scientists interested in
understanding the mechanisms of human body movement will teach and lead
discussions on the various topics to be presented during the workshop.
The content of the Science and the Art of Dance workshop will be
centered on physics-based ballet classes, as well as the broader
application of science to dance. Most importantly, this workshop will
expose young girls to science through the intersection of ballet and
Association for Jewish Studies: Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project. $11,000.
(Andrea Lieber, Judaic Studies). “Hazan Et HaKol: Jewish Perspectives
on Food and Environmental Sustainability” attempts to build connections
between initiatives currently underway both in the local Jewish
community and on Dickinson’s campus. Harrisburg is home to an historic
and vibrant Jewish community with five synagogues, a Jewish Home for
the Aged, and a Jewish Community Day School. With its unusually rich
program and superb faculty in Judaic studies, Dickinson has a great
deal to offer the greater Harrisburg Jewish Community. We believe that
this collaboration will inspire intellectual engagement and depth of
learning for all participants and enhance the relationship between the
College and the local Jewish community.
ASIANetwork-Luce Postdoctoral Fellow Program $31,000.
(Melinda Schlitt, Art & Art History). This project seeks support
for the residency of a Postdoctoral Fellow in Art & Art History for
academic year 2020-2011. The Fellow will teach three courses in Asian
Art during the academic year.
National Science Foundation. $157,153 (David Kushner, Biology)"Collaborative Research/RUI: Identification of cis-acting
sequence and structural elements required for replication of a viral
RNA." This grant provides funds for Professor Kushner to conduct a
collaborative research project in conjunction with Professor Anne Simon
of the University of Maryland. Identification and characterization of
all structure-function relationships in non-coding sequences required
for replication of an infectious RNA is a fundamental question in
virology. However, many viral RNAs are simply too large in size to be
used to generate such a functional map. The 356 nucleotide subviral
RNA of Turnip crinkle virus known as satC is one of the
smallest known infectious agents and therefore is highly suited for
sequence-structure-function studies. Furthermore, satC
sequence-structure-function relationships can be studied using a novel
approach termed in vivo functional selection, in which an
evolution-based approach allows for functional satC to be selected from
an initial pool where specific regions of this viral RNA have been
differentially randomized. This has allowed for detailed
characterization of the 3´ portion of satC. This project aims to use in vivo
functional selection to begin to characterize the 5´ portion of satC,
specifically examining sequences and structures that regulate synthesis
of progeny (+)-sense viral RNA from (-)-sense replication
intermediates. A critical element of this project is that the
experiments will be initiated during semester-long experiments in the
PI’s RNA biology (Bio 419) courses in Spring 2010 and Spring 2012, in
order to expand opportunities for student-faculty research.
National Science Foundation. $184,920.
Ben Edwards (Geology). “Using the Products of Volcano-Ice Interaction
to Constrain Paleo-ice Conditions II: documenting fluctuations in
continental ice-sheets.” With this funding, we will conduct a field,
geochemical, and geochronological study of 34 basaltic glaciovolcanic
and subaerial deposits on the Kawdy-Tuya plateaus in northern British
Columbia, Canada, to investigate the possibility of genetic linkages
between volcanism and the fluctuations in the ice volume of the
Pleistocene Cordilleran ice sheet (CIS). In the field we will sample
and document the elevations of important stratigraphic components
(pillow lava, passage zones, dykes, Surtseyan tephra, glacial
deposits/striae) to constrain paleo-ice conditions. In the laboratory
we will analyze bulk rock, glass and mineral compositions to determine
whether or not source region, transport, or storage conditions also
record changes in ice dynamics. The most crystalline samples from each
deposit will be used for high precision 40/39 Ar geochronology to
determine eruption ages and to test correlations between eruption
frequency and ice fluctuations recorded by local glaciovolcanism and/or
the global ice volume record from marine sediment climate proxies.
Institutional Grant Awards Received
Resource Conservation and Development Charitable Trust – Sinnemahoning
Watershed Restoration Grant Program. $2,750 subcontract to ALLARM on a
grant to the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited. (Julie Vastine/ALLARM) “Training Volunteer Monitors
to Protect Water Quality During Marcellus Gas Extraction.” This grant
will establish a pilot program to train and equip volunteers from the
Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited to monitor water quality and collect
data in areas potentially impacted by the extraction of natural gas from the
Marcellus Shale in north central Pennsylvania. ALLARM will assist with
this project by providing study design development assistance, training, and
quality assurance/quality control in the form of contractual services to the PA
Council of Trout Unlimited, which will be serving as the lead agency on the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources
Conservation Service – Environmental Quality Improvement program (EQIP).
$13,000. Jenn Halpin/Matt Steiman, College Farm). This program will provide up
to $13,000 over a six year period to support the certification of transition to
organic production at the farm.
Carlisle Area Health and Wellness Foundation (CAHWF).
$1,800. Joyce Bylander, Diversity Office. CONNECT is designed to address these
challenges by serving 20 at-risk, low-income middle school youth during a
four-week summer program. CONNECT offers full-day programming that integrates
health education and academic enrichment activities with cultural and
recreational activities, opportunities for leadership, career exploration and
community service. A $2000 mini-grant from CAHWF will strengthen the program’s
focus on healthy teen lifestyles by building on our programming last year that
focused on nutrition, active and healthy lifestyles, and the development of
self-esteem which contributes to mental well-being and resiliency. Directed by
Joyce Bylander at Dickinson College and first piloted with 15 youth in the
summer of 2009, CONNECT is the result of a partnership between Dickinson
College, the Carlisle Arts Learning Center, the YWCA, Carlisle Area School
District and the United Way.
American Council of Learned Societies – Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Dickinson
has been awarded as one of a handful of small liberal arts colleges to
participate in this ACLS program. Funding will allow the College to
host a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in social sciences or
humanities for two years. A Fellow (one of 55 awarded by ACLS) in
American Studies has been selected by Dickinson for a term beginning in
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) – Growing Greener. $30,000 sub-award to ALLARM through Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development Council. (Jinnie Woodward/ALLARM) “Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW VI).” This
sub-award will enable ALLARM to provide technical assistance,
mentoring, and quality control laboratory analyses for watershed
organizations, and to work with other C-SAW partners to provide
educational workshops on water quality topics ranging from natural gas
to stormwater monitoring through the end of calendar year 2010.
The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation. $500,000. This grant establishes a named scholarship endowment at Dickinson for worthy students from Central Pennsylvania.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Global Climate Change Education Program. $486,919.
(Neal Leary, CESE) “Cooling the Liberal Arts Curriculum” The primary
objective of the proposed project is to develop, demonstrate and
evaluate a model for improving teach and learning about global climate
change in the liberal arts curriculum at 4-year and 2 year colleges.
Dickinson’s partners will be Montgomery Community College, Northampton
Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Montgomery County
Community College, and Columbia University.
9/2009 National Science Foundation, Partnerships for Innovations (PFI) program. $25,000
subcontract with Penn State Harrisburg. (Walt Chromiak, Academic
Affairs). “Overcoming Cultural Chasms: Maximizing Innovations for
Smaller University/Industry Partnerships.” Dickinson will collaborate
with Penn State Harrisburg and F&M College in a project to help
form new partnerships that will l advance innovative technologies as a
result of breadth and depth of expertise, sharing of intellectual and
physical resources, and rigorous internal and external evaluation
procedures. The project will (1) gather and disseminate information
about faculty research interests, (2) conduct collaborative
conferences, (3) provide partnership training, (4) provide seed funding
for collaborative projects, (5) provide comprehensive intellectual
property infrastructure support.
American Council on Education (ACE) – Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Faculty Career Flexibility. $25,000. (Neil
Weissman/Academic Affairs) ACE’s Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Faculty
Career Flexibility competition was open to 287 baccalaureate arts and
science institutions. Six institutions were chosen for $200,000
awards, and two received $25,000 awards in recognition of innovative
practices in career flexibility. Dickinson will use our $25,000 award
to enhance our Faculty Career Cycle Program to include support for
faculty dealing with health and family issues.
The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, $10,000.
(Leonard Brown, Jr., Dean of Students Office). This funding will
support the College's Bonner Leader Program in 2009 – 2010 by providing
funding for an orientation program, first-year service trip,
second-year service exchange project, local summer service
internships, a senior Bonner intern, and costs associated with travel.
Student Grant Awards Received
Kathryn Wasserman Davis Projects for Peace, $10,000.
(Anna Valiante, Class of 2010) “Pirambu Peace Project: Building skills
and empowering the children of the Pirambu neighborhood in Fortaleza,
Brazil, Summer 2010.” This is an eight week project aimed to empower
adolescents from the Pirambu neighborhood of Fortaleza through
photography and English language skills. Students will be recruited
from two local high schools and will work with ACARTES, a local NGO
that serves disadvantaged youth in the area.
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