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Grants at Wesleyan 2005

Wesleyan University received a $200,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support an ongoing lecture series titled Ethics, Politics and Society.

David Beveridge, the University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics and professor of chemistry received a $241,950 Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his project "Theoretical and MD Simulation Studies of U1A-RNA Binding and Specificity."

Center for the Arts received $15,240 of grant "support from the Connecticut Commission of Culture and Tourism" for their 2005-2006 Season of Breaking Ground.

Michael Roy, director of Academic Computing Services and director of Digital Projects received a grant from the Center for Educational Technology in the amount of $34,540 to fund the project "Learning Objects in support of an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Teaching of Cancer Biology to Non-science Majors" in 2005. Under the auspices of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education and funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CET offers national programs in collaboration with other regional technology centers. Roy received the grant with Anne Loyer, art director of the Learning Objects Program, in collaboration with biologist Pamela Hanson from Birmingham-Southern College.

John Kirn, associate professor of biology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, director of Graduate Studies, received a four-year $1,028,412 grant from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders for his project titled "Avian Vocal Experience and Adult Neuron Replacement."

Martha Crenshaw, the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democracy, professor of government, received a $92,294 award from the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Naval Research. She will develop a series of reports on the evolution of terrorism and terrorist innovation as well as collect data for a Global Terrorism Database that will help her and her collaborators develop a report on counter terrorism. Her work for this award is part of a consortium called the "National Center for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism." The consortium includes Wesleyan, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland.

The Green Street Arts Center's after school program received a three-year $15,000 grant from the Citizen's Bank Foundation.

The Wesleyan University Press received a $3,000 subvention for the book "Songs, Dreamings and Ghosts: The Wangga of North Australia" by Allan Marett, from the American Musicological Society, Inc. It also received a subvention of $2,000 from Middlebury College for the publication of a book of Chinese and French poetry in translation.

Wesleyan's Etherington Scholarship Program received a $2,000 grant from the Liberty Bank Foundation in November.

Wesleyan University Press received a $1,500 grant in support of the reprinting of "Selected Writings on Design" by Anni Albers from the The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in November.

The Music Department and Center for the Arts will present three South Indian dance performances and supported residency activities by Bala Music and Dance/Aniruddha Knight in November with $680 in support from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism through an Arts Presentation Grant.

Jim Donady, professor of biology and director of the Health Professionals Partnership Initiative, received a $6,500 grant from the Consortium on High Achievement and Success through a "Faculty Award for Promoting Excellence" to develop a pilot program to simulate and adapt his Health Professions Partnership Initiative Pre-college Experience Program into an internet format. He is calling the project Virtual Interactive Pre-college (VIP) program.

Upward Bound received a $206,762 grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education for the Upward Bound 2005-2006 Connecticut Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program, or ConnCAP.

Six Wesleyan Professors received Ethical Reasoning Capability Summer Development Grants in June to incorporate ethics into their undergraduate courses: Christina Crosby, professor of English, for a course "Questions of Embodiment"; Norman Danner, assistant professor of computer science, for "Cryptography"; Indira Karamcheti, associate professor of American Studies and English, for "Postcolonial Literature"; Elizabeth McAlister, associate professor of African American Studies, religion and American Studies and chair of the Religion Department for "Christianity and Globalization"; Sheila Mullen, visiting instructor in American Sign Language, for "American Sign Language and Current Issues" and Suzanne O'Connell, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, for "Introduction to Environmental Science.”

Regina Day Langhout, assistant professor of psychology, received a $750 grant form the Middletown Substance Abuse Prevention Council (MSAPC) for her Peer Mediation Program at Macdonough Elementary School.

Tayna Rosenblat, assistant professor of economics, received a three-year, $266,619 grant from the National Science Foundation for her project titled "Experiments with Real World Social Networks."

William Herbst, chair of the Astronomy Department, director of the Van Vleck Obsevatory and the John Monroe Van Vleck Professor of Astronomy received a new three-year, $216,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Origins of Solar Systems program for the science portion of his continuing project "Synoptic Studies of Nearby T Tauri Stars."

The Green Street Arts Center received a $5,000 grant from The Hartford Courant Foundation to support the center's programming.

Center for the Arts received a $15,000 grant from the Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism and Culture; a $500 grant from the Middletown Downtown Business District; a $500 grant from the Middlesex Mutual Assurance Company; and a $250 grant from the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, all in support of Middletown Dances!

Center for the Arts received a $35,000 grant for its "2005-2006 season of the Breaking Ground Series" with support of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Organizational Support/Project Support Grant Program.

The Green Street Arts Center received a $19,050 grant from the Connecticut Commission of Culture and Tourism, and a $5,000 grant from the Principal Financial Group to support the center’s multidisciplinary after-school program. The GSAC also received $20,000 from Liberty Bank in support of its first GSAC Arts for All Summer Fest 2005 that took place June 18.

Wesleyan University received a $200,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to further the Campus Renewal Fund that is helping transform Wesleyan's physical spaces to meet the needs of today's faculty and students.

Greg Voth, assistant professor of physics, was awarded a $45,000 research fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Michael Roy, director of Academic Computing Services, received a $26,300 grant from the Center for Educational Technology for a planning grant. He is exploring ethnographic approaches to information access and design.

Emily Levy '06 received a $5,000 "Pfizer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Molecular Biology" to conduct her own research this summer under her mentor, Robert Lane, assistant professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

Pam Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts, received a $3,000 grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and a $625 grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts and Cultural Activities for "Middletown
Dances!" - a one-day, town-wide festival scheduled for Sept. 10, 2005.

The Green Street Arts Center received a $2,500 grant from The Connecticut Light and Power Company and $5,000 from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in support of its after-school arts program.

Bethany Kormos, a chemistry postdoctoral fellow, received a $131,340 fellowship from the National Institute of General Medical Science for her research titled "Molecular Dynamics of Induced Fit in U1A-RNA Complexes."

Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, professor of biology and director of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program, has been awarded a $7,350 contract from The Nature Conservancy for his project titled "Fish and Benthic Invertebrate Assemblages."

Mike Zebarth, director of PIMMS, received a $35,000 grant from the Braitmayer Foundation in support of the "Early Childhood Mathematics and Science Leadership Institute" program.

The Wesleyan Public Schools Collaborative, under direction of Beverly Hunter-Daniel, received awards totaling $11,502 from the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering for the Connecticut Career Choice in Science and Technology Program.

William Herbst, the John Monroe Van Vleck Professor of Astronomy, chair of the Astronomy Department and director of the Van Vleck Observatory, received a $216,000 grant award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration-Origins of Solar Systems grant program for his project titled "Synoptic Studies of T Tauri Stars in Nearby Clusters and Associations."

Kathryn Johnston, assistant professor of astronomy, received a $19,798 grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute for her project titled "Probing the Formation & Evolution of M31's Outer Disk and Halo, Part II."

Clark Maines, professor of art history, medieval studies and archaeology and chair of the Archaeology Program, received a $26,656 contract award as part of a grant awarded to Brown University from the National Endowment for Humanities for his collaborative project with Brown University titled "The Virtual Monastery: Integrating Archaeology, Architecture and Text at St-Jean-des-Vignes."

Ricardo Morris, director of the Green Street Arts Center, received a $2,000 grant award from the Middlesex County Community Foundation for the Green Street Arts Center's Family Series program.

The Center for African American Studies has received part of an $86,760 grant to hold an institute for 20 teachers that integrates history, literature and film of the civil rights movement into the secondary school curriculum. The Connecticut Humanities Council's Humanities in the Schools program awarded the grant. Wesleyan is one of nine universities, museums, historical societies and cultural organizations to share the grant."

The Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS), under the direction of Michael Zebarth, has been awarded two grants. One grant, worth $82,079, will fund a "Hartford Elementary Science Professional Development Project" and the other $137,290 grant will fund a "Hartford Elementary School Teacher Enrichment Project." The grants were awarded by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education in support of the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program.

Manju Hingorani, assistant professor of molecular biology and biochemistry earned an award totaling more than $571,700 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research on pathways leading to carcinogenesis, including the development of colon, rectal, stomach, and ovarian cancers.

Renee Romano, associate professor of history and African American Studies and American studies, and Demetrius Eudell, associate professor of history and African American Studies and director of the Center for African American Studies, received an $8,271 grant in support of “Teaching the Civil Rights Movement: An Interdisciplinary Approach,” funded by the Connecticut Humanities Council with additional support from the We the People initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm Project, located on one acre next to the Wesleyan University Press building, received two grants from the Middlesex County Community Foundation and the Rockfall Foundation, totaling $2,310. The grants will be used to run a high school summer educational program and to hire a full-time summer Wesleyan intern. Long Lane Farm is a student run agricultural project committed to researching and practicing sustainable agricultural methods, distributing locally grown organic produce to the community and educating the public about the environmental and social implications of food production.

Wesleyan University earned a $75,000 grant from the The Surnda Foundation of New York City in support of the development of a service-learning program in February. This is Surdna's third grant of $75,000, bringing their total giving for this program to $225,000. The funds will be used for development of new courses, support of library resources in the Service-Learning Center, outreach to the community and networking with other colleges doing service learning.

An $800,000 Mellon Foundation grant will allow the Mathematics and Computer Sciences departments at Wesleyan, Connecticut College and Trinity College to collaborate on a new cost and resource sharing arrangement, expand the departments’ curricula and provide incentives for more computer science faculty to work in a liberal arts setting.

Professor Sumarsam, chair and adjunct professor of music, received two grants worth $3,000 total to travel to Indonesia. The Center for Career Development Office grant and a Wesleyan's Project Grant paid for Sumarsam's travel expenses while he worked with commissioned Javanese musicians on an audio/video recording project designed for teaching musical analysis.

Stewart Novick, professor of chemistry, received a two-and-one-half-year grant from the American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund, Grant-In-Aid, for $80,000. Novick's project is titled "Fluorinated Radicals & Inter-steller Molecules."

The Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) has been selected to partner with several school districts in grants announced recently by the State Department of Education in March. These grants are part of the Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) competitive grant program authorized under Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The MSP program is designed to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and content-related pedagogy of classroom teachers.  "PIMMS success in partnering with local school districts is a reflection of PIMMS 25-year record of high quality professional development for teachers," says Mike Zebarth, Director of PIMMS.

  • In one grant, Ansonia, Hamden and Shelton school districts have formed a partnership with PIMMS and Wesleyan to work with middle school mathematics teachers in a project titled Middle School Learning Teams in Mathematics. The project will span 20 months during 2005 and 2006. The project will include the development of student performance tasks, a summer workshop to enhance teacher background in mathematics and academic year coaching and mentoring sessions.
  • A second grant, similar in scope to the first will focus on high school mathematics teachers. In addition to Ansonia, Hamden and Shelton, mathematics teachers from the State’s Vocational Technical High Schools will be included.
  • A third grant, also focusing on middle school mathematics teachers, partners PIMMS with the Hartford Public Schools. PIMMS has done extensive work in the Hartford schools under a number of different State and Federal programs. This program, titled the Middle School Teacher Enrichment Program (Mid STEP) will work with 35 Hartford teachers.
  • In a fourth grant funded by the State Department of Education, PIMMS and Wesleyan will partner with the Waterbury Public Schools in a program focused on secondary school teachers of life science. This program will specifically focus on microbiology and genetics and will feature a two week summer workshop conducted by Wesleyan faculty on campus.

    The following faculty members were recently awarded Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement Grants in March: Ann Burke, associate professor of biology and Stephen Devoto, associate professor of biology and associate professor of neuroscience and behavior were awarded a Mellon New Initiatives in Research Grant to collaborate on a hypotheses about the evolution of developmental mechanisms in the dermomyotome that lead to muscle form; Andrew Curran, associate professor of romance languages and literatures, was awarded a Mellon Summer Stipend for his work on "Eighteenth-Century French philosophies and the Problem of Africa;" Susanne Fusso, professor of Russian language and literature, was awarded a Mellon Workshop Grant for an upcoming workshop on modern Russian poetry; Laura Grabel, the Fisk Professor of Natural Science and professor of biology, was awarded a Mellon New Initiatives in Research Grant for work in the area of neuroscience and specifically in the area of neural stem cells; Michael McAlear, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, was awarded a Mellon New Initiatives in Research Grant for his research on "Molecular Dissection of the Ribosome Biosynthesis Regulon in Yeast;"  Jill Morawski, professor and chair of the Women's Studies Program, professor of psychology, professor of science in society, was awarded a Mellon Semester Research Leave for her work on "American 'know-how': The Use of Practical Knowledge in Experimental Psychology;" Joseph Siry, professor of art history, was awarded a Mellon Summer Stipend for his work on the later public architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright; and Kirk Swinehart, assistant professor of history, was awarded a Mellon Semester Research Leave for his work on the New World soldier-adventurer Sir William Johnson (1715-74) and his Irish and Mohawk families.
     

  • Editor's Note: The Wesleyan Connection will list staff and faculty grants awarded in 2005. To be included on this list, e-mail newsletter@wesleyan.edu.