associate professor of biology, and Sonia Sultan, professor of
biology, received individual grants from the Eppley foundation for research.
The Eppley Foundation for Research supports advanced post-doctoral work in
the physical and biological sciences, computer science, social sciences, and
educational programs. Burke's grant, worth $32,442, will help to support her
postdoctoral research fellow, Rebecca Shearman. Sultan's grant, worth
$25,000, provides support while she writes a book.
David Beveridge, the University Professor of the Sciences and
Mathematics, professor of chemistry, received a National Institutes of
Health grant renewal to support the Molecular Biophysics Training Program.
Wesleyan is the only liberal arts college to have such a program. The grant
will support the program for an additional three years.
Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology, received a contract worth $19,818 to
examine eye movements of older adults during webpage viewing.
professor of neuroscience and behavior, professor and chair of biology, is
the co-recipient of a grant from the Fragile X Foundation worth $69,450 for
the "Role of STEP in Fragile X Syndrome." The grant was awarded May 1.
Fragile X is the most common inherited cause of mental impairment and the
most common known cause of autism. About 25 percent of children with Fragile
X have seizures and epilepsy. The grant will support research on the causes
and potential treatments for epilepsy in a mouse model of Fragile X. In
addition to the grant, Professor Naegele and her collaborators were invited
to participate in the FRAXA Research Foundation Investigators Meeting in
September 2008 in Durham, N.H.
assistant professor of economics, assistant professor of East Asian Studies,
received a research grant from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's
Center for Financial Research for a proposal titled "Real Effects of
Finance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Japan" on April 30.
Wesleyan's Green Street
Arts Center received a $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and
Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA). CHEFA's grant will provide the
After School Program with program support, as well as establish a Health and
Wellness component. As part of the After School activities, the grant will
allow Green Street Arts Center to bring professionals in the fields of
nutrition, health, exercise, and mental health to teach life-long health
Wesleyan's Long Lane
Farm received a $1,000 grant from the Rockfall Foundation March 24 to
fund "Sustainable Cities High School Interns." Long Lane Farm will be able
to hire two Middletown high school students that will combine discussion of
agriculture, food-politics and small business management with hands on
experience, and will contribute to the viability of organic farming as a
legitimate career. They will work for six weeks this summer.
The Jonah Center for Earth and Art received a $1,000 grant from the
Rockfall Foundation March 24 for "Environmental Education Outreach." The
grant will support environmental education programs pertaining to the
center's activities in Middletown's North End Peninsula. Barry Chernoff,
professor of biology, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental
Studies, and director of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program, is
president of the Jonah Center, and Tim Ku, assistant professor of
earth and environmental sciences is a member of the Jonah Center.
associate professor of philosophy, associate professor of East Asian studies
and chair of the Philosophy Department, was awarded a $128,000 grant from
the National Endowment for the Humanities to host a six-week summer seminar
titled "Traditions Into Dialogue: Confucianism and Contemporary Virtue
Ethics," July 7 through Aug. 15 at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East
The Center for the Arts received a $500 grant from the Rockfall
Foundation March 24 to fund a "Feet to the Fire Festival Intern." The event
is an arts and science campus/community festival at Veteran's Memorial Park
to engage in multi-disciplinary activities to heighten the understanding and
awareness of climate change.
Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm Project
2008 has been supported by a grant from The Rockfall Foundation in
Middletown. The grant, awarded in February, will fund the second year of the
Sustainable Cities Initiative, a six week Internship for three Middletown
High School students. 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