Faculty Grants 2008-2009

Middlebury College and individual faculty members were awarded over $2.8 million for a total of 47 grants and fellowships supporting research and other scholarly activities of 37 faculty members. In addition, Middlebury benefited once again from the Faculty Career Enhancement Initiative grants made by the Mellon Foundation to clusters of liberal arts colleges including Middlebury; this past year, four Middlebury faculty members participated in group projects that were initiated by faculty at other schools within our cluster.

Determining the exact number of grant proposals submitted each year by Middlebury faculty members is impossible, because the College tracks only those proposals submitted through the Sponsored Research Office to sources that require college grant administration and those submitted to support faculty academic leaves. From the available data, it is possible to say that during the past year at least 65 faculty members submitted a minimum of 128 grant proposals (which means that at least 21% of all faculty were involved in this type of scholarship this past year). Sixty-five of those proposals were submitted through the Sponsored Research Office.

Faculty receiving grants this past year represent 21 departments and programs. These grants provide funding for 82 student-faculty collaborations over the next few years as well as travel to research sites and conferences, research supplies, equipment, publication costs, and other project expenses. Twenty-six of the grants provide some support for faculty leaves, and five faculty grants include funding for scientific equipment.

In addition to research at Middlebury and at research centers elsewhere, grants received during 2008-2009 provide funding for a conference at Middlebury, curriculum development, scientific equipment, field research in Vermont, and research projects around the United States and in 12 foreign countries. Nineteen faculty members on leave in 2008-2009 were supported in part by grants received during this past or prior years. And 20 grants received this past year will support 16 faculty members on leave in 2009-2010 (or future years), doing research at Middlebury and around the world.

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

Biology Lloyd, Andrea NSF-RUI (ARRA) How the Timing of Summer Precipitation Affects the Responses of Boreal Forest to Climate Change
  Sheldon, Sallie NSF Interdisciplinary research at Plum Island Sound salt marsh ecosystems (collaboration with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA)
  Sheldon, Sallie NSF Systematic and ecological studies of North American Najas L. (Hydrocharitaceae) Collaborative research with University of Connecticut
  Sheldon, Sallie (with GIS Specialist Bill Hegman) VT-EPSCoR Improving the Quality and Usability of VT-EPSCoR Streams Data for Teaching and Learning
  Sheldon, Sallie VT-EPSCoR Development of a Genetics Lab
  Ward, Jeremy NSF-CAREER Toward the genetics of Meiosis: Integration of Meiotic Molecular Biology and Public School Science Outreach
Chemistry & Biochemistry Byers, Jeff NSF-RUI Radical Reactions of Transition Metal-Arene Complexes
  Choi, Sunhee NSF-RUI Oxidation of Purine Derivatives Coordinated to Pt(IV) and Ru(III) Complexes
  Larrabee, James NSF-MRI Spectropolarimeter to enable continued magnetic circular dichroism (MDC) and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy studies
Classics Sfyroeras, Pavlos Howard Foundation Aristophanes Sophos: Comedy and Philosophy in the Late Fifth Century
  Star, Christopher Loeb Classical Library Foundation at Harvard University The Empire of the Self: Self-Command and Political Speech in Seneca and Petronius
Computer Science Dickerson, Matthew NSF-ROA Privacy Management, Measurement, and Visualization in Distributed Environments
  Huang, Tim VT-EPSCoR Integrating Neural Networks and Stochastic Simulation in Computer Go
Economics Maluccio, John U.S. Dept of Ed: Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Migration and Food and Nutrition Security in Guatemala
  Pyle, William NCEEER; IREX Rights to Land in Urban Russia
  Pyle, William Center of International Studies, University of Delaware The Nature and Influence of Business Associations in Romania
French Poulin-Deltour, William Spencer Foundation A “Double Bind”: Diversifying France’s Grandes Écoles
Geography Knowles, Anne NSF Holocaust Historical GIS
Geology Ryan, Peter Lintilhac Foundation Groundwater monitoring project (Stowe-Waterbury area, VT); collaboration involves the Vermont Geological Survey
History Tropp, Jacob U.S. Dept. of Education: Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Senegal: Gateway to West Africa
  Tropp, Jacob American Council of Learned Societies Native American Administration and the Making of International Development Expertise, 1935-1960
  Wyatt, Don School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study The Setting of a Race Apart, or How the Chinese Became Yellow
Italian Carletti, Sandra Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation A Day in the Life of Italy
Mathematics Proctor, Emily NSF Mentoring Travel Grant through the Association of Women in Math Travel expenses to visit with a senior colleague at The University of Notre Dame
  Proctor, Emily Mellon 23 Faculty Career Enhancement Program Collaborative Workshop on topics in Riemannian geometry, with colleagues from Swarthmore, Wellesley, and Rhodes
  Schmitt, John NSF-ROA Minimum Saturated Graphs and Hypergraphs (collaborative research with a colleague at Carnegie Mellon University)
Physics Graham, Noah VT-EPSCoR Large-Scale Simulations of Oscillon Formation in the Early Universe
  Graham, Noah NSF-RUI Oscillons and Casimir Forces in Classical and Quantum Field Theory
  Winkler, Frank NASA (Spitzer Space Telescope) Grain Destruction in Puppis A
  Winkler, Frank NASA (Chandra X-Ray Observatory) A study of X-ray sources in NGC 4449
Psychology Collaer, Marcia Vermont Space Grant Consortium (NASA), collaborative with St. Michael’s College Research to investigate the factors that influence ability to navigate in and learn environments, using virtual reality simulations
  Cronise, Kim NIH-AREA Is tolerance an enabling factor for greater alcohol consumption?
Religion and Classics Schine, Robert Schusterman Center’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies at Brandeis University Three week long intensive interdisciplinary workshop (half in Israel)
Russian Katz, Michael Fulbright Scholar Program Teach literature courses in Brazil
Sociology/Anthropology Sheridan, Michael Wenner-Gren Foundations Ethnographic Perspectives on Ecology, Power and Scale
  Sheridan, Michael U.S. Dept. of Education: Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Senegal: Gateway to West Africa
Spanish Saldarriaga, Patricia Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation Hispanic Religious Art of the Baroque