Recent Faculty Grants
Frank Winkler (Emeritus Professor, Physics) has been awarded funding from the NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute for a his role in a collaborative research project led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University. This project, involving new observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, is titled Discovering and Characterizing the Young Supernova Remnant Population in M101. The team will use will use the new data, archival Hubble images, and data from other space- and ground-based observatories to better understand the types of stars and general environment that lead to stellar explosions known as supernovae.
Will Amidon (Geology) has received funding from the Scottish University Environmental Research Center as part of a collaborative research project on the paleo-seismic history of the Hat Creek Graben in the northern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. The overall project is funded by Pacific Gas & Electric in order to better understand earthquake and other hazards related to their dams and other infrastructure in the area. At least four undergraduates will be involved in this research.
Clarissa Parker (Psychology & Neuroscience) has received a 2013 NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation that wholly funds her project titled Genome-Wide Association for Conditioned Fear in the Diversity Outbred Mouse Population. The grant provides materials and supplies for two years of research into genetic influences on fear in mice, which may have implications for anxiety disorders in humans.
James Calvin Davis (Religion) has been awarded a Seminar Grant from Bringing Theory to Practice, an organization working in conjunction with the Association of American Colleges & Universities to support campus initiatives that focus on engaged learning and students' civic development. The grant will underwrite a Winter Term retreat to further develop a new Middlebury initiative called Privilege & Poverty, a curricular program on economic inequality that will serve as a laboratory for pedagogical innovation, co-curricular learning, and the broader exploration of higher education's civic mission.
Eilat Glikman (Physics) has received funding from the NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute to continue her ongoing research related to observations made by the Hubble Space Telescope. The main goal of this project, titled Testing the Merger Hypothesis for Black Hole/Galaxy Co-Evolution at z-2, is to image the host galaxies of rapidly growing black holes to test whether galaxy mergers provide the necessary fuel that feed the growing black holes.
Leticia Arroyo Abad (Economics & IPE) was awarded the Franklin Research Grant by the American Philosophical Society and the Arthur H. Cole Grant by the Economic History Association to fund her sabbatical project The Fiscal Roots of Latin American Inequality. Leticia will spend some time in the archives in Madrid and the spring semester as a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics.
Maggie Clinton (History) has been awarded a grant from the Center for Chinese Studies in Taipei, Taiwan in support of her 2013-14 leave. The grant provides round-trip travel and support for three months in Spring 2014 at the Center, where she plans to conduct research and complete the manuscript for her book project Revolutionary Nativism: Fascism and Culture in China, 1925-1937.
Daniel Scharstein (Computer Science) has been awarded a grant through the National Science Foundation’s RUI mechanism for his project titled Image Matching in the Wild. The project aims to improve the way that stereo-vision and optical-flow algorithms work in the presence of common challenges such as reflective surfaces, lighting changes, imperfect calibration, and unknown acquisition conditions. The award will fund materials and supplies for three summers of research, conference travel, and research stipends for six undergraduate students.
Vermont Genetics Network grants for Research in the Biomedical Sciences
Middlebury College is one of the baccalaureate partner institutions participating in a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Vermont. This grant continues the Vermont Genetics Network support that has been a significant source of funding for faculty and student research in the past decade. This year, Mark Spritzer (Biology) received support for ongoing research related to adult neurogenesis (title: Effects of Social Interactions on Hippocampal Neurogenesis in Adult Male Rats). The grant provides funding for summer effort in 2013 and includes a stipend for one undergraduate student; another of his students will receive a stipend through a separate VGN grant.
The Jack Miller Center has awarded the College a grant to help with the expenses of Constitution Day events to be held at Middlebury in September. This grant is the result of a proposal submitted by Murray Dry and Keegan Callanan (both Political Science) and will augment resources for this event available from the Department of Political Science, EIA Civic Engagement, and the Pre-Law Program. The Jack Miller Center is “dedicated to enriching education in America’s founding principles and history."