Faculty Grants 2009-2010

During the 2009-2010 fiscal year,  Middlebury College and individual faculty members were awarded over $3.0 million for a total of 49 grants and fellowships supporting research and other scholarly activities of 38 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, with one grant to Middlebury and many Middlebury faculty members participating in grants to other colleges.

It is impossible to know exactly how many grant proposals are submitted each year by Middlebury faculty members because the College only tracks those proposals submitted through the Sponsored Research Office to sources requiring 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 70 faculty members submitted 120 or more grant proposals (which means that over 20 % of all faculty were involved in this type of scholarship during 2009-2010).   Sixty of those proposals were submitted through the Sponsored Research Office.

Faculty receiving grants during 2009-2010  represent 22 departments and programs.  These grants provide funding for 65 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.   Seventeen of the grants provide some support for faculty leave projects  and four faculty grants include funding for scientific equipment.

In addition to research at Middlebury and at research centers elsewhere, grants received during 2009-2010 provide funding for conferences at Middlebury, curriculum development, professional development,  scientific equipment, field research in Vermont, and research projects around the United States and in 10 foreign countries.  Twenty-one faculty members on leave in 2009-2010 had funding from grants.     And 20 grants received during 2009-2010 provide funding for 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.

Department/Program Faculty Member Sponsor

Project Description or Title

American Studies Burch, Susan (with Kathyrn Morse, History and Environmental Studies) Mellon 23 Faculty Career Enhancement Nature, Race, and Ethnicity: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Biology Sheldon, Sallie US Fish and Wildlife Service This project will use indirect genetic-based methods to estimate the past demographic history of sea lamprey in Lake Champlain.
  Spatafora, Grace NIH Research on Streptococcus mutans and its role in the formation of dental caries
  Spritzer, Mark VGN Effects of testosterone on adult neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus
Biology and Environmental Studies Trombulak, Steve US Fish and Wildlife Service This project will use data from the USFWS and from the scientific literature to develop and test methods for predicting brook trout occupancy in the Lake Champlain Basin.
Chemistry & Biochemistry Larrabee, James NSF-RUI Magnetic Circular Dichroism of Dicobalt(II) Enzymes and Complexes
Chemistry and Environmental Science Costanza-Robinson, Molly
NSF supplement Measurement and Microtomographic Imaging of the Air-Water Interface in Unsaturated Porous Media
Classics Chaplin, Jane Transylvania University Bingham Program for Excellence in Teaching Twenty-first Century Liberal Education: A Contested Concept
College Professor McWilliams, John NEH Fellowship To complete work on a book project titled, Revolution and the Historical Novel
Computer Science Briggs, Amy
NSF/College Board Development of a new Advanced Placement course, AP Computer Science: Principles
  Huang, Tim (with Bevan Barton '10) Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies Start-up funding for a software venture named Appstone
  Scharstein, Daniel NSF Towards the Next Generation of Stereo Algorithms
Economics/International Politics & Economics Abad, Leticia Arroyo NSF Living Standards in Latin America
Education Studies Affolter, Tara and Jonathan Miller-Lane
Mellon 23 Faculty Career Enhancement Shaping the Future of Teacher Preparation Through the Liberal Arts
English & American Literatures Siddiqi, Yumna Fulbright Scholar Program, Visiting Research Chair at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada

It’s a Question of My Dignity – Narratives of Immigrant Workers in Montreal

Geography Herb, Guntram Fulbright Research Fellowship Geopolitical atlases in contemporary France: Constructing French national visions through maps
  Nelson, Peter NSF Linked Migration and Changing Labor Markets in the Rural US
Geology Manley, Patricia and Thomas Lintilhac Foundation Multi-year project to plan, design, and move Lake Champlain chirp seismic data to a public website
  Munroe, Jeff; Patricia Manley, Peter Ryan NSF-MRI Funding for a freeze dryer, a carbon-nitrogen-sulfur analyzer, and a pycnometer
  Munroe, Jeff NSF-RUI Climate and Chronology of the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition, Central Great Basin, USA
  Munroe, Jeff U.S. Forest Service To prepare a report that summarizes recent research in the Uinta Mountains of Utah
  Munroe, Jeff National Geographic Society Expanded research into the recent history of alpine glaciers in Glacier National Park, Montana
  Ryan, Peter; Patricia Manley, Jeff Munroe NSF-MRI Acquisition of an XRD, FTIR, and WDS for Integrated Mineralogical and Geochemical Studies at Middlebury College
German Matthias, Bettina
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Partner in the Embassy's program to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
History Armanios, Febe
USC Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative Coptic Charismatic Renewal in Egypt: A Modern History
  Burnham, Louisa NEH Summer Institute Cultural Hybridities: Christians, Muslims and Jews and the Medieval Mediterranean
  Tropp, Jacob German Ministry for Research and Education Native American Administration and the Making of International Development Expertise, 1935-1960
History and Environmental Studies Morse, Kathyrn (with Susan Burch, American Studies) Mellon 23 Faculty Career Enhancement Nature, Race, and Ethnicity: Curriculum and Pedagogy
History of Art & Architecture Packert, Cynthia American Institute of Indian Studies Research in India on the art, architectural development, and increasingly global influence of recent Hindu temples
  Packert, Cynthia Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Travel to southern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia to research the history and development of Islamic art and architecture
Italian Mula, Stefano University of Cagliari (Italy) International Relations Office - Visiting Professor Program Work on his book on Cistercian exempla
Mathematics Abbott, Steve
Clare Hall and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, England Work on his book, Mathematics as Art in Contemporary Theater
  Olinick, Michael
Academy for Inquiry-Based Learning, Educational Advancement Foundation Develop text materials for a course on Infinity for first-year students in the liberal arts
  Schmitt, John NSF Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics Fall 2009 Program on Combinatorics: Methods and Applications in Mathematics and Computer Science
  Schmitt, John National Security Agency (Young Investigators) Two-year research project to seek an algorithmic solution to a problem in graph theory concerning integer sequences
Music Buettner, Jeff
Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Travel to support his project, Teaching the Art of Unaccompanied Vocal Music of England and Germany
  Buettner, Jeff Fulbright Scholar Program Teaching and research at Kharkov State University of Arts in Ukraine
Philosophy Khalifa, Kareem Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh Fellowship to research how explanatory understanding, the structure of scientific communities, and theories of truth interact in successful scientific practices

Viner, Steven NEH Summer Institute Philosophical Perspectives on Liberal Democracy and the Global Order
Physics Wolfson, Richard NSF Investigate the physics of magnetic energy buildup in the solar corona
  Winkler, Frank NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Program This project will study the infrared emission from an object that may be the remnant from the earliest historically documented supernova.
  Winkler, Frank NSF-RUI Supernova Ejecta, Shocks, and the Interstellar Medium
  Winkler, Frank NASA Space Telescope Science Institute Probing the Interior of SN1006
Political Science Mecham, Quinn U.S. Department of State Franklin Fellowship Lead policy planning at the State Department for global political Islam and for diplomatic strategy towards the Arab Gulf
Psychology Cronise, Kim VGN Factors that contribute to alcohol tolerance and alcohol consumption
  Cronise, Kim Foundation for Alcoholism Research Investigations of alcohol tolerance in mice
  Velez-Blasini, Carlos
VGN An internet-based personalized intervention to reduce risky sexual behavior
Religion Yarbrough, Larry
Fulbright Scholar Program Research at Alexandria University, Egypt
Spanish and Portuguese Manrique-Gomez, Marta
Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Travel to Spain to develop an interdisciplinary seminar on women’s contributions to 19th-century artistic, literary, and intellectual movements