Institutional Awards

Pennsylvania Department of Education – 2018-2019 Governor’s It’s On Us PA grant program. $30,000. (Kat Matic/Title IX Coordinator) This grant will enhance evidence-based awareness and education programs on campus that address bystander education, heathy masculinities, healthy sexuality, and comprehensive training for investigators, advisors, review panel adjudicators and appeal members—all of which will help to reduce social norms/attitudes that facilitate sexual violence. Specifically, we intend to: 1) improve institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of college policies and procedures, resources/support/accommodations available to parties, and the rights of individuals—in collaboration with the YWCA and DVS; 2) improve and expand programming of three curricula we utilized for 2017-2018 year, including Real Talk, Step Up!, and Healthy Masculinities programs; and 3) provide comprehensive training to faculty and staff who serve as Title IX investigators, advisors, review panel adjudicators and appeal members.

Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation. $720,000. This grant will supplement our existing Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Scholarship Fund to provide additional tuition assistance to worthy students to support their pursuit of a Dickinson College undergraduate education.

Max Kade Foundation – German Writer-in-Residence Program. $14,000. This grant will support a Max Kade German Writer-in-Residence at Dickinson College during the spring semester of 2019. German writer-performer Ahne is available and interested in coming to Dickinson for this opportunity. The spring semester of 2019 will be a particularly appropriate time for him to be in residence. Professor Antje Pfannkuchen will be teaching a senior seminar for German majors on the topic of “German Media.” She will have her students study Ahne’s newspaper and radio works and will invite him to advise students on their own small productions. We are hopeful that he will be able to make visits to several other courses, including German Intellectual History and our 200-level intermediate German courses. We also look forward to having him deliver at least one public reading-performance, for which we will advertise widely on campus and among area colleges. The German department also will help him organize a reading tour at various colleges and universities on the East coast if he is interested.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities. $900,000.  (Neil Weissman/Provost and Dean of the College) This is a four-year grant to undertake, along with our community partners, a transformative initiative in civic learning and action. Specifically, Mellon Foundation funds will support the creation of a new Center for Civic Learning and Action that will combine our existing institutional strengths, coordinate a variety of related activities, and offer resources to extend successful projects and launch new ones. The grant will provide support for 1) an Executive Director for the Center and 2) a program fund for civic engagement projects connected to the humanities.

The Campbell Foundation. $24,980. (Julie Vastine/ALLARM) This grant will support the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) for a project to develop and implement two new monitoring programs: 1) Susquehanna Stream Team and 2) Creek Watch.  The Bay Watershed Implementation Plans provide conduits for diverse stakeholder involvement, but what is the best way to engage local communities in assessing and contributing to water quality solutions?  Community-based stream monitoring is a strategy to reconnect Susquehanna communities to their streams, generating necessary data to determine whether the Bay blueprint is working. To achieve this goal, ALLARM has been collaborating with the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association and the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association to assess stream monitoring needs and used in the Susquehanna River. In response to these conversations, ALLARM developed a Susquehanna River Stream Team protocol to engage volunteer teams throughout the Susquehanna tributaries to collect scientific data of known quality that can inform local approaches to achieving improved watershed health. To complement the Stream Team protocol, through this grant ALLARM will develop Creek Watch as an entry-level monitoring program to introduce visual stream monitoring to aquatic recreational users to help document potential sources of pollution in Susquehanna tributaries. This work will be done in collaboration with the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association and the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association.

Faculty Awards

National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts - Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowship. $8,000. (Jerry Philogene, American Studies) “Beyond Vodou Iconography: Luce Turnier a Feminist Modernist in Haiti”

American Philosophical Society - Franklin Research Grant. $3,000. (Marcus Key, Earth Sciences) “Sourcing black ‘marble’ tombstones from 17th century Colonial Chesapeake Bay”

Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program, $5,500. (Suman Ambwani, Psychology). “Primary and Secondary Prevention of Eating Disorders.” The program promotes health equity by facilitating new collaborative research, education, and training opportunities in the biomedical, clinical, health policy, and social sciences to address racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, and other disparities in health and healthcare. With this announcement, Harvard Catalyst invites applications for pilot grants to support novel research partnerships with the potential to: (1) generate new evidence or methodologies that foster deeper understanding of eating disorders and health disparities, or (2) evaluate promising interventions to address these disparities. This grant will support Ambwani’s collaboration with her Harvard colleagues during two years.

Software Freedom Conservancy, Inc. - Teaching Open Source Project. $5,000. (Grant Braught, Mathematics and Computer Science) “Developing and enhancing course materials to teach free, libre, and open source software for Conservancy’s Teaching Open Source Project”

National Science Foundation. $25,125. (Brett Pearson, Physics and Astronomy) Supplement to NSF Grant (PHY1505679) titled “Strong Field Molecular Ionization with Shaped Ultrafast Laser Pulses”

Student Awards