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Grants at Wesleyan 2006

Wesleyan University Press received a grant worth $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in December. The grant was awarded "for the publication, promotion and distribution of new collections of poetry.

Laura Grabel, the Fisk Professor of Natural Sciences and professor of biology, received a grant worth $878,348 from the State of Connecticut for her study titled "Directing Production and Functional Integration of Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Neural Stem Cells."

Janice Naegele, chair and professor of biology and professor of neuroscience and behavior; Laura Grabel, Fisk Professor of Natural Science, professor of biology; and Gloster Aaron, assistant professor of biology received a grant worth $300,000 from the McKnight Foundation.

Wesleyan's Upward Bound Program received a grant worth $7,500 from the Liberty Bank Foundation in November. The money will be given to support general operating expenses.

Scott Holmes, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, was awarded a three-year, $435,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The project title is "Epigenetic silencing of gene expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae."

Francis Starr, assistant professor of physics, and David Beveridge, the University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics and professor of chemistry, were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for $190,000 to build a computer cluster for scientific computing.

Philip Bolton, professor of chemistry and chair of the Chemistry Department, received a National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award in the amount of $150,000 for a three year period. Bolton will use the grant to develop methods to monitor the presence and type of quadruplex structures in telomere DNA that can be applied to pure samples of DNA as well as to live human cells. His project is titled "Structures and Complexes of Vertebrate Telomere Repeat DNAs."

Michael Calter, associate professor of chemistry, received a National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award in the amount of $150,000 for a two year period. Calter plans to use the grant for researching a new version of an old chemical reaction. This reaction, called the Feist-Benary reaction, produces interesting, useful molecules. These products in turn can be used to synthesize complex, biologically active molecules with potential applications in molecular biology and medicine.

Tom Morgan, the Foss Professor of Physics, received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation on Aug. 15 to fund laser-based research equipment.

Wesleyan University received a challenge grant in the amount of $500,000 from the Kresge Foundation of Troy, Mich. This grant will be applied toward the purchase of equipment for several Wesleyan science departments, including biology, chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry, earth and environmental sciences and physics.

Angel Gil-Ordonez, adjunct associate professor of music, music director of the Wesleyan Orchestra and director of private lessons, chamber music and ensembles, received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to support his Washington D.C.-based orchestra, Post-Classical Ensemble in 2006-07.The NEA's Access to Artistic Excellence award worth $10,000 will support Song of the Earth, a concert program featuring music by Zhou Long and Gustav Mahler at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. Another $10,000 award will support a consortium project of performances featuring works by Isaac Albeniz and Manuel de Falla. The orchestra and Instituto Cervantes (USA), Inc. will present concerts, master classes, and post-performance discussions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

The North End Action Team, which is a partner with Wesleyan in the Green Street Arts Center, received a grant worth $25,000 from Citizen's Bank and WTNH 8/UPN 9 in April.

Jeff Rider, chair of the Medieval Studies Program, chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2006-07 in order to complete a translation of Galbert of Bruges's The Murder of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders.

5 Faculty Awarded Mellon Grants
Four Wesleyan faculty members received Mellon Career Enhancement Grants for the 2006-07 academic year. Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology, and Abigail Hornstein, assistant professor of economics, received Mellon Summer Stipend Grants. Laurie Nussdorfer, chair of the College of Letters and professor of letters and history, and Ethan Kleinberg, assistant professor of letters and history, received Mellon Workshop Grants. Stephen Angle, associate professor of East Asian Studies, associate professor of philosophy, chair of the East Asian Studies Program and director of the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, received a Mellon Semester Research Leave. For more information, see: http://www.wesleyan.edu/newsletter/campus/0306mellon.html.

The Center for the Arts
received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Breaking Ground Dance Series in January.

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm received a $550 grant from the the Rockfall Foundation of Middletown to fund an irrigation system in January.