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Grants at Wesleyan 2007

Janice Naegele, 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 here.

Tsampikos Kottos, 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) Consortium has been awarded a three-year grant of $350,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project titled "CTW Collaborative Collection 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 departments.

Wesleyan's Etherington 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.

The Wesleyan Connection will post all new grants awarded in 2007. To submit a grant, e-mail newsletter@wesleyan.edu.