Institute for International Education (IIE) Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program – Germany. $5,000 (est.). (Amity Fox, Center for Advising, Internships & Lifelong Career Development (CAILCD)) “U.S. - Germany International Education Administrators Program.” During this two-week program in October 2019 awardees will attend meetings with representatives from German universities, private-sector agencies and organizations and selected government agencies. They will also visit university international offices and discuss U.S. higher education. Grantees receive round-trip international travel, lodging and a per diem that includes a meal allowance for those meals not provided. Only eight International Education Administrators Seminar grants are awarded annually.
Schlegel Deibler Charitable Foundation. $15,000. (Malinda Triller-Doran, Archives & Special Collections) “LGBT Center of Central PA History Project”
Partnership for Better Health, (Sharon Kingston. Psychology). “Improving Outcomes for Children of Caregivers with Substance Use Disorders.” The project will provide evidence-based parenting support to caregivers in recovery from substance use disorders to prevent negative outcomes for their children and decrease the risk of caregiver relapse. We will make high-quality continuing education available to professionals serving these families, strengthen the support system for all parents by promoting existing parenting interventions, adding new interventions and introducing home-based parenting interventions for parents in recovery. This project will be carried out in partnership with numerous local entities, including but not limited to The Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission, The Carlisle Early Education Center, The RASE Project, Hempfield Behavioral Health and the Dickinson College Center for Civic Engagement and Action. The impetus for development of the model came from the work of the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC). NPSC has ties to the state of Pennsylvania and the Carlisle community through Dr. Diana Fishbein, the co-director of the NPSC and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Director of the Program for Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment at Pennsylvania State University, and Sharon Kingston, NPSC Board Member and Secretary and Associate Professor of Psychology at Dickinson College.
Aetna. $27,000 (subaward through Tri County Community Action). (Dave Sarcone, International Business and Management; Meg Winchester, Health Studies; Tony Underwood, Economics) “Social Determinants of Health in Harrisburg, PA, Affecting Health Outcomes and Risk Factors at the Census Tract Level” Census tract 207 (67.2 years) and census tract 213 (69.5 years) have the lowest life expectancy in the Harrisburg Carlisle metropolitan statistical area. The goal of the research is on improving health outcomes in census tracts 207 and 213 using both aggregate data and in-depth community and individual information to create a data and community driven intervention plan. Additionally, the intent of the community research process is the development of a model of census tract analysis and intervention based on community-centered practices for any census tract.
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange - Scholar Grant. $30,000. (Wei Ren, Art and Art History) “The Versatile Medium: Lu Xun and the Rise of Modern Chinese Design”
National Park Service (NPS) Slave Stampedes: The Underground Railroad on the Missouri Borderlands Project (Part B) $111,838.23 (Matthew Pinsker, History). Dickinson College will identify up three to four historic sites, structures or historic landscapes associated "slave stampedes" in Missouri for potential inclusion in the National Historic Register of Landmarks and the NPS Network to Freedom. Pinsker and his team will identify potential candidate sites and then consult with NPS staff and current project Editorial Board to prepare a short list of application packets. Matthew Pinsker, principal investigator, and his Dickinson team will then conduct extensive field and digital research and will hire special consultants as needed, in preservation, archaeology, and historic landscape, to help document claims for historical significance. Dickinson will prepare the final three to four nominations in consultation with NPS staff by September 2022.
National Science Foundation. $299,966. (John Henson, Biology) “COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH/RUI: Building the Contractile Ring in the Early Embryo” Cytokinesis is the final event of the cell cycle whereby the cell physically partitions into two daughter cells. Over forty years of morphological, biochemical, genetic and biophysical studies have contributed to our understanding of how the spatio-temporal regulation of the actomyosin contractile ring facilitates cytokinesis. However, despite this large research effort, significant questions remain regarding precisely how the contractile ring is assembled and organized in animal cells. Recently published work by the investigators demonstrated that in early embryonic cells, the mature contractile ring is comprised of a highly organized array of aligned, concatenated myosin II and actin filaments. Moreover, during the earliest phases of cytokinesis myosin II, septin and anillin are organized into discreet foci that appear to transform into intermediate “patches” that presumably assemble into the fully formed ring. These nodes are reminiscent of the pre-ring nodes of cytokinetic proteins in fission yeast, and are the first evidence that a similar process may be employed in an animal cell. The current proposal will apply a combination of live cell imaging, high-resolution light and electron microscopy, and agent-based computer modeling to test the hypothesis that in the sea urchin embryo the contractile ring assembles from precursor nodes that undergo congression and transformation into a mature ring. The proposed studies will be performed in early echinoderm and mollusk embryos, whose synchronous divisions, optical clarity and ease of injection and manipulation offer an excellent system for both experimental and theoretical approaches. (Collaborating institution: New Mexico State University)