Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Education Model Grants Program. $15,000. (Julie Vastine, ALLARM) ALLARM will collaborate with the Stroud Water Research Center to develop curricula and pilot replicable workshops on a national scale that will introduce and integrate the use of rapidly emerging/expanding technologies in open-source electronics, cyberinfrastructure, and data management tools for citizen scientists and secondary school programs. Curricula and workshops will enable participants to build, deploy, and manage wireless environmental monitoring stations and to interpret and communicate monitoring results that ultimately support environmental stewardship. Monitoring station sensors will include freshwater, soil, and climate sensors such as air and water temperature, water level, electrical conductivity, water clarity/turbidity, dissolved oxygen, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, humidity, air quality sensors (e.g., carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide sensors), and soil moisture. The use of emerging technologies will focus on the construction of high-quality, low-cost, wireless environmental sensors built upon open-source electronics platforms.
Max Kade Foundation – German Writer in residence Program. $14,000. This proposal requests a grant of $14,000 from the Max Kade Foundation to support a Max Kade German Writer-in-Residence at Dickinson College during the spring semester of 2017. German writer Thea Dorn is available and interested in coming to Dickinson for this opportunity. The spring semester of 2017 will be a particularly appropriate time for her to be in residence at Dickinson. Professor Sarah McGaughey will be teaching a senior seminar for German majors, which is our capstone experience for students of German studies. The topic of the senior seminar will be “The Faust Myth.” Professor McGaughey will have her students read some of Dorn’s works, and Dorn’s participation in some seminar discussions will be a particularly relevant to the topic. We are hopeful that she will be able to make visits to several other courses, including Exploring German Cultures (German 210) and our 200-level intermediate German courses. We also look forward to having her deliver at least one public reading from her literary works, for which we will advertise widely on campus and among area colleges. The German department also will help her organize a reading tour at various colleges and universities on the East Coast if she is interested.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. $650,000. (Neil Weissman and Shalom Staub/Academic Affairs) “Civic Learning and Engagement Initiative.” This grant will launch a four-year initiative to significantly enhance civic learning and engagement in the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. Specifically, the grant will provide project and seed funding for 1) a new faculty position in Practical Ethics and 2) incentives for faculty to infuse civic learning and engagement more broadly throughout our curriculum. The latter will involve departmental study groups to help define specific civic learning goals and community engagement opportunities, interdisciplinary faculty seminars focusing on critical social issues, creation of a College-Community learning network, and faculty development workshops on inclusivity. Participating faculty members will have the opportunity to apply for internal grants or reassigned time for related curriculum development and scholarly projects.
Franklin County Foundation, $1,182 (Asuncion Arnedo; Spanish & Portuguese) Prof. Asuncion Arnedo of Dickinson College seeks support for the project, “2017 Migrant Farm Labor Health Outreach - Franklin.” Since 2009, Prof. Asuncion Arnedo has been teaching a Spanish language course, “Spanish for the Health Professions” which has included a service-learning component since the creation of this course in 2005. During the course students volunteer four hours a week at health clinics. The clinics serve Spanish-speaking orchard workers in Upper Adams County during the fall. The great majority of individuals who visit the clinics are migrant workers from Mexico who come to Pennsylvania each year for the apple, peach and strawberry harvest. Through a partnership with Keystone Health and their Migrant Health Program, Dickinson students volunteer as interpreters for the Spanish-speaking farm workers and the English-speaking health providers. Students and health care workers also go into the migrant camps to provide basic health care and assess needs for further treatment. Arnedo and the students also distribute “health care packs” e.g., ointments for muscle aches, toothpaste and pain relievers, to workers who have limited access to health care.