What’s the Story? VT 
Awarded Three-year Grant

The SNAVE Foundation has awarded Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English and Teacher Network a three-year grant of $100,500. The grant will allow the What’s the Story? VT team to expand a model of collaborative, inquiry-based education that has the capacity to change communities and lives, not only in Vermont but across the country. The grant objectives are: to elevate the quality and increase the impact of the youth-led, site-based civic engagement occurring within WTS VT and across BLTN NextGen’s seven sites; and to increase the capacity of our WTS VT team to sustain, refine, and grow WTS VT in ways that serve a widening audience of students and educators.

David Colander Receives Fulbright Specialist Award

Middlebury Distinguished College Professor, David Colander, has received a Fulbright Specialist Program award to complete a project at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. The specialist program aims to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities through a variety of educational and training activities within Economics. These projects support critical priorities identified by the host institutions and supported by U.S. embassies and bi-national Fulbright Commissions abroad. 

Recipients are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership in their field, and their potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad. 

Middlebury Receives Grant for New Perennials Project

The Rockefeller Family Fund grant seeks to dramatically change the way people think about large-scale food production and its ecological and social impacts. The $415,000 grant, led by Middlebury Scholar-in-Residence, Bill Vitek, will feature a new interdisciplinary course, crop testing at the College’s farm, an annual conference, and engagement with departments and programs across campus.

Major NSF Grant Will Fund Research on Marine Protected Areas

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Mez Baker-Médard, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems program. The $600,000 grant will support her project, titled Socio-Ecological Feedbacks of Marine Protected Areas: Dynamics of Small-Scale Fishing Communities and Inshore Marine Ecosystems, which she will conduct in partnership with co–principal investigators Easton White from the University of Vermont and Elizabeth Fairchild from the University of New Hampshire, as well as colleagues at the Marine Sciences and Fisheries Institute in Madagascar.

Daniel Scharstein Receives His Sixth NSF Research Grant

Professor of Computer Science Daniel Scharstein has received his sixth grant from the National Science Foundation to continue doing computer vision research with Middlebury undergraduates.

Geology Research Scholar Receives NSF Grant

Alexander Handwerger, research scholar in geology, and colleagues from North Carolina State University and Northwestern University have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s PREEVENTS program (Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events) for a project titled “Defining precursors of ground failure: a multi-scale framework for early landslide prediction through geomechanics and remote sensing.”

Four Faculty Members Receive Whiting Fellowships

The Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs has announced that four Middlebury faculty members were recently awarded fellowships from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation.

For more on Middlebury’s 2019 grant-funded research and programs, visit: The Midd Newsroom 

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