Geology Prof Jeff Munroe in winter with green jacket

National Science Foundation Awards Five-year Grant to
Professor Munroe and Team

The grant project is led by Jeff Munroe, the Philip Battell Stewart and Sarah Frances Cowles Stewart Professor of Geology, and six scientists from five different institutions. The team will study how mineral dust from deserts in the southwestern U.S. is transported through the atmosphere to locations hundreds of miles away and the impacts of the exported dust on a variety of environmental and health issues. 

Munroe’s team includes Kevin Perry, associate professor at the University of Utah; Maura Hahnenberger, assistant professor at Salt Lake Community College; Greg Carling, associate professor at Brigham Young University; S. McKenzie Skiles, assistant professor at the University of Utah; and Janice Brahney, assistant professor at Utah State University.

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Febe with a green suit jacket, black hair, green eyeglasses

Luce/ACLS Fellowship in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Awards Grant to Professor Armanios

Febe Armanios, Professor of History and Co-Director of the Axinn Center for the Humanities, has been awarded a one-year Luce/ACLS Fellowship that will culminate in a book titled: Satellite Ministries: The Rise of Christian Television in the Middle East. Armanios’ research has been examining the role of Christian-led media in shaping what it means to be a practicing Middle Eastern Christian in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Professor Armanios has spent the past six years conducting approximately sixty-five oral history interviews with key media figures, producers, and viewers that will all be incorporated into her book. Five core chapters are completed, and this grant will allow her to finalize missing research and complete all the writing for the book. Professor Armanios has also received additional support for her book from the Fordham University Research Fellowship in Coptic Orthodox Studies.


volcano and mountains

National Science Foundation Awards Grant for Volcano Research

Dr. Kristina Walowski, Assistant Professor of Geology, and a colleague from the University of Maryland have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled, “How Variable is Magma Decompression Rate during a Single Eruption?” This two-year study will focus on the links between the decompression rate of magma during ascent to the surface and eruption explosivity. The proposed work is a case study of the 1666 CE eruption of Cinder Cone, Lassen Volcanic National Park in California and will utilize new analytical and numerical modeling methodologies. Middlebury’s budget provides funding for research time and travel.   

The study will train five undergraduate researchers and one Master’s student and support two early-career, female project investigators. Understanding the processes that govern changes in explosivity during a single volcanic eruption event is one of the major outstanding questions in volcanology and has important implications for hazard mitigation efforts.


smiling man in blue suit

Obie Porteous Wins National Science Foundation Award

Middlebury’s Dr. Obie Porteous, Assistant Professor of Economics, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Agricultural Trade and Adaptation to Environmental Change.” Dr. Porteous will study the economic effects of climate change on the agricultural sector of sub-Saharan Africa and the extent to which these effects can be offset by increased trade between regions of Africa affected differently by climate change and between Africa and the rest of the world. The grant funds include support for undergraduate research assistants, who will be involved in data collection trips to different African countries and computer programming of the estimated economic models.

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