chair of the Biology Department and professor of biology, neuroscience and
behavior, was awarded the American Epilepsy Foundation Research Initiative
grant in December of 2007. The grant is for $50,000 to study a regulatory
mechanism underlying seizures in temporal lobe epilepsy. The study focuses
on a regulation of epileptogenesis by a brain-specific tyrosine phosphatase
called STEP and the proposed experiments will test whether STEP plays a key
role in regulating the activity of interneurons and glutamate receptors in
the hippocampus during epileptogenesis. This is a collaborative grant
involving Wesleyan BA/MA student Steve Briggs; Stanley Lin, research
associate and lecturer in biology and a professor and postdoctorial fellow
at Yale University.
Wesleyan University has been awarded a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program grant to assist students from underrepresented groups in preparing for, entering, and progressing successfully through post-graduate education. The award is worth $220,000 per year for four years. For more information go
assistant professor pf physics, has been awarded a US-Israel Binational
Research grant for "Structured Random Matrix Models for Complex Dynamics,
and the theory of energy spreading." The four-year grant (2007-2011) is a
collaboration between Wesleyan and Ben-Gurion University in Israel. The
total grant is $106,000 out of which Wesleyan's share is $44,000.
Tim Ku, assistant
professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, received a $15,880 grant from
the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources for his project "Geochemical
Record of Cultural Eutrophication in Lake Beseck" in July.
The CTW (Connecticut College, Trinity College and Wesleyan University)
has been awarded a three-year grant of $350,000 from the
W. Mellon Foundation for a project titled "CTW Collaborative
Development and Management."
DanceMasters Weekend 2007,
an annual project of The Center for the Arts, will be funded in part
by a $1,000 grant from the Daphne Seabolt Culpeper Foundation. The grant was
awarded in June.
Wesleyan's Davison Art
Center received a $500 grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts
in May to support the publication of a color catalog for Keiji Shinohara's
prints. Shinohara is a visiting artist in the Art and East Asian Studies
Scholars Program received a $2,000 grant from the Liberty Bank
Foundation in June.
Petra Bonfert-Taylor, associate professor of mathematics, and
Edward Taylor, associate Professor of mathematics, received a $156,808
grant from the National Science Foundation-Division of Mathematical Sciences
for their research, "Quasiconformal Symmetries, External Problems, and
Patterson-Sullivan Theory" in June.
The Center for the Arts
received a grant from the Middletown Foundation for the Arts during Arts
Advocacy Day March 14. Wesleyan was one of 12 local arts organizations to
receive the grant. In addition, The Center for the Arts received a
$200,000 grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in support
of a project titled Feet to the Fire. One of only eight grants given through
the Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, the multidisciplinary project
is funded by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation that
challenges campus-based performing arts presenters to integrate their
programs more organically within the academic environment.
Bill Herbst, the
John Monroe Van Vleck Professor of Astronomy and chair of the Astronomy
Department, has received a $330,990 grant from the National Science
Foundation that will benefit Wesleyan and the seven other elite liberal arts
member institutions in the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium.
Suzanne O’Connell, associate professor of earth and environmental
sciences received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s
ADVANCE Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination Award
worth $488,367 in March. The funds will support a project titled, “Building
a Community of Women Geoscience Leaders.”
Donald Oliver, the
Daniel Ayres Professor of Biology, professor of molecular biology and
biochemistry, received a renewal of a research grant supported by the
National Institute of Health and the National Institute of General Medical
Sciences. He will receive $1.3 million over the next four years to continue
his research on "Mechanisms of Protein Localization in Escherichia coli."
Oliver has received this grant for the past 17 years.
Long Lane Farm
and the Jonah Center for Earth & Art are
both recipients of a Rockfall Foundation environmental grant. The farm and
center for earth and art are both run by student and faculty volunteers. The
Rockfall Foundation gave out 14 environmental grant awards this year,
totaling $19,850 "to establish, maintain and care for parks and forests or
wild land for the use and enjoyment of the public."
Magdalena Teter, assistant professor of history, received a research
grant in March from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to pursue her
research on Jews and Christians in pre-modern Poland. The foundation makes
grants in the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to
increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of
violence, aggression, and dominance.