Faculty Grants 1999-2000

During the 1999-2000 fiscal year, faculty members were once again awarded over $1 million from government agencies and private sponsors to support their research and other projects; 28 faculty members received a total of 38 grants and fellowships. In addition, faculty efforts (involving an additional 4 faculty members) resulted in three institutional grants to support the academic program. These faculty represent 15 of the College's academic departments, including all the departments in the Natural Sciences Division. The grants will support 31 students over the next few years as well as travel to research sites and conferences, research supplies, publication costs and other project expenses. Twelve of the grants provide some support for faculty leaves and six faculty grants include funding for scientific equipment. About one-third of the faculty submitted at least one grant proposal; 47% of those submitting proposals received at least one grant.

Copies of the full report are available to Middlebury faculty and staff from the Sponsored Research Office by email.  Contact Franci Farnsworth (x5889) for more information.


Faculty Member


Project Description or Title

American Literature & Civilization

Nash, William

New England Colleges Fund

African American Literature & Culture in 20th Century Chicago


Root, Thomas & Andrews, James

Lintilhac Foundation

Inventory and Monitoring of Vermont Reptiles and Amphibians


Lloyd, Andrea; Sheldon, Sallie & Young, Helen

NSF-CCLI Developing an Integrated Curriculum in Ecology at Middlebury College

Root, Thomas & Andrews, James

Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation

Monitoring of Amphibians at Mt. Mansfield

Parfitt, David & Helmreich, Dana

VT-EPSCoR Impact of Controllable Stress on Male Hamster Reproductive Behavior

Young, Helen

VT-EPSCoR Bumble bees and Impatiens: a mutualism gone awry?

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Choi, Sunhee

NIH-AREA Mechanistic Study of Pt(IV) Anticancer Complexes

Bunt, Richard

Pfizer Inc.

Student Project: Preparation of Synthetic Nucleosides to Study the Mechanism of Base-Flipping in DNA Repair Enzymes


Byers, Jeffrey

Pfizer Inc.

Student Project: Radical Aromatic Substitution


Bunt, Richard

VT-EPSCoR Electronic Control of Chiral Ligand Asymmetry


Crowley, Patrick

Canadian Embassy Canadian Economic and Political Issues


Elder, John C

Fulbright Scholar

Research in Italy: The Italian Career of George Perkins Marsh


Cutchin, Malcolm

NIH-AREA Aging-in-Place, Migration, and the Impact of New Services


Manley, Patricia

Lintilhac Foundation

Project GULP: Groundwater Upwelling in Large Pockmarks

Manley, Thomas

Lintilhac Foundation and U. S. Geological Survey
Lagrangian Drifters in Lake Champlain—A Pilot Study

Hannula, Kimberly


Collaborative Research at Louisiana State University: Metamorphism related to plutons in the middle crust


Schaumann, Caroline

Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

The Holocaust in Art & Literature


Barrow, Ian

American Institute of Bangladesh Studies

Winter Term course in Bangladesh

Waters, Neil

Associated Kyoto Program

Local Improvement Movement in early 20th century Japan

Mathematics & Computer Science

Scharstein, Daniel

Council on Undergraduate Research

Student Project: Robot Navigation Using Expected Shortest Paths


Bremser, Priscilla

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Degree-Preserving Polynomials over Finite Fields

Emerson, John

Mellon Foundation

Empirical Research on Critical Issues in Higher Education

Dickerson, Matthew & Briggs, Amy

NSF-RUI Annulus Placement Problems: Geometric Algorithms and Applications
  Scharstein, Daniel NAF-CAREER Image-Based Rendering using Stereo Vision


Grasswick, Heidi

Calgary Institute for the Humanities

Individuals-in-Communities: Developing a Feminist Model of Knowing
  Grasswick, Heidi NEH Summer Seminar: Epistemic Responsibility in a Social Context


Winkler, Frank & Ratcliff, Stephen

NSF-CCLI A Telescope and Instrumentation for a New Astronomy Curriculum

Watson, Susan

NSF-POWR Quantum Dot Studies of the Two-Dimensional Superconductor-Insulator Transition
  Watson, Susan Research Corporation High-Q Mechanical Oscillator Study of Vortex Dynamics in a Conventional Superconductor Near the Superconductor-Insulator Transition

Prigo, Bob

Vermont Department of Education

The Ecology of Vermont and the Physics of Light and Heat


Collaer, Marcia

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Androgen effects on human auditory neural development

Collaer, Marcia

VT-EPSCoR Judgment of Line Angle and Position: Computer-Based Task Development

Political Science

Bleich, Erik

German Marshall Fund

Integration Policies in the U.S. and Europe: The Lessons of Colonization and Slavery

Stanger, Allison

Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

Teaching in the Czech Republic


Fernandez, Miguel

U.S. Dept. of Education—Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program

From Blood to Money: Argentine Popular Literature During the Years of National Organization, 1852-1880