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Major NSF Grant Will Fund Research on Marine Protected Areas

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:08am

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Mez Baker-Mdard 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. The ...

Middlebury Receives Grant for New Perennials Project

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:28am

Middlebury College has received a $415,000 grant from the Rockefeller Family Fund for the first year of a multiyear effort aimed at dramatically changing the way people think about large-scale food production and its ecological and social impacts. The New Perennials Project, led by Middlebury Scholar in Residence Bill Vitek, features a new interdisciplinary course, guest speakers, engagement with community partners throughout the Champlain Valley, crop testing at the College farm, an annual conference, and engagement with departments and programs across campus. "The Franklin Environmental Center is thrilled to host Bill ...

Geology Research Scholar Receives NSF Grant

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:26am
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 multiscale framework for early landslide prediction through geomechanics and remote sensing." The four-year project has a goal of identifying landslide precursors in order to improve our ability to forecast landslides and mitigate hazards. Middlebury's budget provides funding for research time, involvement of at least four undergraduate students, and travel.

Four Faculty Members Receive Whiting Fellowships

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:14am

Will Amidon Bert Johnson Marta Manrique-Gmez Brett Millier 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. Will Amidon , associate professor of geology, has been awarded a Whiting Fellowship for a project titled "Small Islands, Big Classroom." The grant will support a one-month field excursion in New Zealand to visit examples of active tectonic processes such as faults, volcanoes, coastal terraces, and tsunami deposits. The ultimate goal of his ...

SGA Presents 2019 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Awards

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 2:36pm

Associate Professor of Physics Anne Goodsell The Student Government Asscoci ation (SGA) honored three faculty members and two staff members for their service to students at an awards reception in May in the Crossroads Caf. Nia Robinson '19, the president of the SGA, spoke about each of the recipients and made the presentations on behalf of the student body. The SGA, in partnership with the dean of the faculty, selected Associate Professor of Physics Anne Goodsell as the recipient of the 2019 Marjorie Lamberti Faculty Appreciation Award, which honors a faculty member who ...

College Welcomes 19 Faculty and Staff Members to 25-Year Club

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 3:07pm

The newest members of the 25-Year Club. Front row (l-r): Carol Grant, Linda Quesnel, Cindy Wemette, Mary Ellen Bertolini, Vickie Backus, Brad Nadeau, President Laurie Patton. Second row (l-r): Eric Leno, Thomas Moran, Jeff Cason, Amy Briggs, Michele McHugh. Back row (l-r): Dzavid Mahmuljin, Dean Mandigo, Wayne Hall, Matt Longman. Not pictured: Stewart Lane, Mari Price, Marjorie Robbins, Mark Williams President Laurie Patton welcomed 19 new faculty and staff members to Middlebury's 25-Year Club at a reception ...

Eilat Glikman Receives NASA-Funded Research Grant

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 2:53pm

Eilat Glikman Eilat Glikman (Physics) has been awarded a grant from the NASA-funded Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in support of research that involves observations from NASA's orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory. This work is a collaborative project involving astrophysicists at the Astronomical Observatory of Rome (INAF/OA - Roma). This project, titled X-Raying A Rare Hyperluminous Ultramassive Black-Hole at Cosmic Dawn, will investigate the X-ray properties of an extremely luminous quasar at high redshift (i.e., the very early universe) with an ...

Grant Will Help Establish Vermont Math Teachers Circle Based at Middlebury

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 2:40pm

Priscilla Bremser Professor of Mathematics Priscilla Bremser has received a grant from the Math Teachers' Circle Network in support of establishing a Vermont Math Teachers Circle, based at Middlebury. The funds will be used for a three-day workshop for local teachers in August. By enriching teachers' own experience of mathematics, the Math Teachers' Circle program hopes to affect their classroom teaching so that it includes more problem solving, a key component in student learning and engagement in mathematics. The workshop will kick off the ...

Bread Loaf Conferences for Translators and Environmental Writers Offer Lectures and Readings

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 1:42pm

The Middlebury Bread Loaf Translators' Conference and Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference will each offer free lectures and readings to the public when they are in session May 31-June 6. Both conferences are modeled on the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the oldest writers' conference in the country. The Translators' Conference, now in its fifth year, is the first such forum to highlight the important role that literary translators of poetry and prose play in the United States and beyond. The sixth annual Environmental Writers' Conference is designed for those who want to bring more depth of knowledge and understanding ...

Middlebury Sophomore Named a Udall Scholar

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:02am

Middlebury sophomore Oscar Psychas of Gainsville, Fla., has been selected as a 2019 Udall Scholar in recognition of his efforts to inspire and empower others to celebrate and protect their natural environment. Psychas is the cofounder of The Wild Middlebury Project , a student-led organization that collaborates with conservation groups and K-12 students in Vermont to study and safeguard the natural surroundings. With about 25 active members, the organization has mentored high school students conducting conservation projects, established a salamander habitat monitoring station, and has piloted outdoor learning experiences. As ...

Rich Wolfson Receives Grant from Sloan Foundation

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:01am

Rich Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics Rich Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics, was awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a book project titled Nuclear Choices for the 21st Century: A Citizen's Guide. This book, co-authored with Dr. Ference Dalnock-Veress of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, is an update of Wolfson's 1993 book with a similar title. The goal of the project is an authoritative, unbiased, reader-friendly book for the general public that will engage its ...

Middlebury Increases Its Academic Computing Power

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 3:50pm

A group of faculty members across a range of academic disciplines has received more than $150,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation to install a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster at Middlebury College. The cluster, which has been delivered and is now being configured, is capable of analyzing large datasets and performing computational modeling in a fraction of the time that it would take any other computer, or group of computers, currently in place at Middlebury. As soon as it is fully operational, the cluster will enable faculty and students across the disciplines to perform cutting-edge research on ...

Professor's Research Warns of Potential Mercury Release in Upper St. Lawrence River

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:53am

Erin Eggleston, Middlebury College assistant professor of biology, and colleagues at Clarkson University believe a new water management plan at a power dam straddling the U.S.-Canadian border may create a serious health risk for people and wildlife living downstream. For the past 60 years, the water flow in the Upper St. Lawrence River has been held static by the Moses-Saunders dam between Cornwall, Ontario, and Massena, N.Y. "Plan 2014" was approved by the International Joint Commission-the binational organization that oversees U.S.-Canadian boundary waters-in 2016 and implemented in 2017. The plan's goal was to improve ...

Oracle Finance Training for Faculty

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 1:03pm
Middlebury College is going live with Oracle Finance on Monday, March 4, and in preparation for the change a series of training sessions have been scheduled for faculty members. One-hour sessions about Expense Reporting and P-card Processing have been scheduled for faculty members, especially department chairs and professors in endowed chairs, on Feb. 22 from 3 to 4 p.m., Feb. 22 from 4 to 5 p.m., March 1 from 3 to 4 p.m., and March 1 from 4 to 5 p.m. All the sessions will be in Axinn 103. In addition, one-hour sessions about Expense Reporting and P-card Processing have been scheduled for faculty members, especially faculty grant principal investigators and all other faculty members, on Feb. 20 from 4 to 5 p.m., Feb. 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 ...

Students Grapple with Health Policy at Local and Statewide Levels

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 5:44pm

"Students want to know that their work matters," says Professor of Economics Jessica Holmes. "That somebody's listening, that somebody values what they're doing. And they want to grapple with problems that people are really trying to solve. So, to the extent that I can bring that into my classes-it's better for outside partners and better for students." This January, Holmes rolled out a brand-new opportunity for her students to engage in meaningful work. A specialist in the economics of healthcare, Holmes won the 2018 Gladstone Award Honoring Excellence in Teaching and used the $10,000 grant to pilot a new winter term ...

Senior Work Results in State Grant to Develop Tri-town Bike Loop

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 4:36pm

Bikers enjoy some of the bucolic Addison County scenery during the annual Kelly Brush Ride in September 2018. Photo: Kelly Brush Foundation A vision of a safe biking loop connecting several Addison County towns has come a step closer to reality thanks, in part, to the work of Middlebury students in an Environmental Studies Senior Seminar. Based on the students' 2018 research, the Vermont Department of Housing and ...

Noah Graham Receives NSF Grant

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 2:56pm

Noah Graham, professor of physics Noah Graham, professor of physics, has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled "Scattering Approach to Quantum Fluctuations: Casimir Forces, Curved Spacetime, and Solitons." This project will use scattering theory-techniques for computing how light and other waves are reflected and transmitted-to analyze quantum-mechanical effects in systems relevant to nanotechnology and cosmology, building closely on related courses in the Physics Department curriculum. This work ...

Middlebury Faculty Lecture Throughout Vermont for First Wednesdays Humanities Series

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 4:49pm

From Brattleboro in the south to St. Johnsbury in the north, Middlebury faculty members are giving public lectures across the state of Vermont this year in connection with the "First Wednesdays" program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Hosted by nine public libraries from October 2018 through May 2019, the free lecture series offers 72 talks given by professors, authors, journalists, historians, activists, and artists. And while members of the Middlebury College faculty have lectured in First Wednesdays events for years, the College is more deeply involved than usual now because of its newly funded Mellon Foundation ...

Mez Baker-Mdard Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 4:53pm

Mez Baker- Mdard , assistant professor of environmental studies Mez Baker- Mdard , assistant professor of environmental studies, has been awarded a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar grant for research at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Madagascar, where she will be working on a project titled "Gendering the Commons: The Politics of Marine Conservation and Fisheries Governance in Madagascar." This research, conducted from Dec 2018-May 2019, will use an extended case-method approach to investigate the history of four ...

Student Maps and Maintains Trail Around Middlebury

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:09am

It's a sunny August morning on the Trail Around Middlebury, the town's 19-mile hiking path locals call "the TAM ." Stands of goldenrod dominate this open meadow not far south from the Ridgeline Woods parking lot. White oak and ash saplings planted by environmental studies students dot this stretch of the TAM's Colin O'Neil Class of '97 Trail. An occasional monarch flaps by on its way to the next milkweed plant. Last night it rained heavily, but this morning the ground is already dry and the sky is perfectly blue except for a few wisps of clouds. Trail coordinator John Derick and his two-person summer maintenance crew ...

Middlebury Students Fight Prejudice against Albinism at Summit for Youth in Kenya

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 6:14pm

This summer Meron Benti '19 and Philitricia Baraza '18 will direct a camp in Kenya for young adults with albinism-a rare genetic condition that causes a lack of melanin in people affected by it. The camp, or summit, called Amani for People with Albinism (APWA), is a youth empowerment program that will take place in Meru, Kenya, August 17-24. Benti and Baraza were awarded a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant to fund APWA. Projects for Peace, an initiative started by the late philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis, is designed to spark innovative, entrepreneurial approaches to building meaningful prospects for peace around the world. "I ...

Analyzing Crowd Behavior from 400 Feet Above the Ground

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 9:37am

To improve public safety at rallies, demonstrations, and other large events, a Middlebury College assistant professor of computer science is conducting research this summer in an attempt to detect abnormal crowd behavior from a drone. Jason M. Grant, who works in the field of computer vision, created an algorithm that can discern abnormal crowd motion for his doctoral dissertation in computer science at the University of Notre Dame. Now he is trying to become one of the first computer scientists to employ the technology in real time with a drone. "Advances in crowd-analysis research have improved greatly in recent years to ensure ...

College Joins Partnership to Create a Maker Space for Residents of Addison County

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:20pm

There is a Maker Movement afoot in Addison County, and the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center together with Middlebury College and a handful of local residents are leading the way toward the creation of a public maker space in Middlebury. The "Maker Movement" refers to the increasing number of people who employ do-it-yourself (DIY) and do-it-with-others (DIWO) techniques and processes to develop products or devices needed for specific purposes. Adweek says today's makers "tap into an American admiration for self-reliance combined with open-source learning, contemporary design, and powerful personal technology like 3-D ...

Paige Guarino '18.5 Crowned Champion at Parker Merrill Speech Competition

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 2:44pm

At the Parker Merrill Speech Competition championship on April 19, winner Paige Guarino '18.5 recalled a middle school teacher who advised her to "be the person who calls in a month." Skeptical at first, Guarino later found that "sometimes the wisest words are the simplest." The realization came two years later when she followed her former teacher's advice and contacted a friend a month after the friend's father had died. Guarino, who titled her speech "Simple Wisdom," told the audience in Robison Concert Hall that the experience made her understand how important it was to connect and show you care in difficult times. ...

Video: Augmented Reality Sandbox

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:03pm

It feels like an instant throwback to childhood-burying your hands in the sand, building mountains, rivers, and lakes. But while the sandbox in Middlebury's geology lab offers the same tactile joy as a day at the beach, students are learning about topography, landforms, and geologic process with the help of Microsoft Xbox components. The augmented-reality sandbox allows students to create and change topography in real time. As they move the sand around into different formations, the Xbox Kinect radar scans the top surface of the sand, then feeds the data to a computer, which in turn projects a topographic map onto the sand. ...

Frank Winkler Awarded New NSF Grant

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:59am

Professor of Physics Emeritus Frank Winkler Middlebury Professor of Physics Emeritus Frank Winkler has received a three-year research grant from the National Science Foundation through NSF's Research in Undergraduate Institutions initiative for a project titled Completing Studies of Supernova Remnants and the Interstellar Medium. The primary goal of the grant is to bring several projects, most of them work undertaken with former students, to final publication. Prominent among these is completing a three-decade-long study of the evolving remnant from the supernova of 1572 C.E., ...

Pete Ryan Receives NSF Support for Volcanic Deposits Research

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 8:42am

Peter Ryan, professor of geology. Photo: Todd Balfour Pete Ryan, professor of geology, has received funding from the National Science Foundation's Research Opportunity Award program that will support his collaboration with colleagues at University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Costa Rica, and University of Illinois on a project titled, "Identification and Correlation of Volcaniclastic Deposits by Integration of Plagioclase Luminescence Dating with Mineralogical, Trace Element and VSWIR Correlation." The timing of prehistoric volcanic ashfall and mudflow events is unknown, so this ...

Five Middlebury Faculty Receive Continued VGN Funding

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:44am
Vermont Genetics Network grants for Research in the Biomedical Sciences Middlebury College is one of the baccalaureate partner institutions participating in a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Vermont. This grant continues the Vermont Genetics Network support that has been an important source of funding for faculty and student research during the past decade. Project grants support summer and academic-year effort for faculty members from June 2017-May 2018, and pilot grants support summer effort for faculty members for research conducted during the same period. The following faculty members received individual grants from this program to support their research this year: David Allen (Biology) received ...

Student-Run Camp Keeps Girls Interested in Science, Technology

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 2:23pm

For the second summer in a row, a team of Middlebury students has run a summer camp for girls aimed at sparking their interest in technology. STEAM (short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Girls is the brainchild of Joy Wood '17, a computer science major on a mission to improve the gender balance in her chosen field. As Wood progressed through college, she noticed that very few women seemed to share her passion for computer science-not in her Middlebury classes and not at the tech camp where she taught programming. She was surprised that only 17 percent of campers were female, even in the youngest classes. ...

Daniel Scharstein Receives His Sixth NSF Research Grant

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 5:22pm

Professor of Computer Science Daniel Scharstein 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. The goal of this research, titled "Benchmarks and Algorithms for Mobile Image Matching," is to provide new datasets and image matching algorithms to enable 3D reconstruction with mobile phones. At least seven undergraduate students will be supported with this grant.

Will Amidon and Jeff Munroe Receive Grant from the National Science Foundation

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 11:14am

Will Amidon Jeff Munroe Assistant Professor of Geology William Amidon and Professor of Geology Jeffrey Munroe and a colleague at North Dakota State University have received a grant from the National Science Foundation's P2C2 program, officially known as Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change. Their project, titled "Combining Glacier and Paleolake Records to Limit Latest Pleistocene Climate Change in the Northern Great Basin," will document changes in the size of ancient glaciers and lakes in northern Nevada to reconstruct changes in precipitation and temperature during the last glacial period. Understanding how the ...

Biologist Grace Spatafora Awarded NIH Research Grant of $2.1 Million

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 3:34pm

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded a grant of $2.1 million to Grace Spatafora, a professor of biology whose research focuses on how S. mutans , an oral bacterium, causes tooth decay. The five-year grant, which will go into effect August 1, will fund the research of at least 15 Middlebury undergraduates, or three students per year, through 2022. Spatafora is one of only 13 faculty members at small liberal arts institutions nationwide to earn an NIH research project grant, known as an NIH RO1 grant; the NIH awards the majority of its R01 ...

College Sees Continued Growth in National Fellowships, Scholarships

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:02pm

Every year Middlebury students and young alumni receive a number of fellowships that send them across the globe, including Fulbright Grants, Marshall Scholarships, and Watson Fellowships. A fellowship is a highly competitive opportunity that can provide the recipient with funding for graduate education, postgraduate research, and self-designed projects, or funds for undergraduate support and summer enrichment. Fellowhips support a wide range of fields, from the study of language or minority rights to science, math, and engineering. They often involve international travel and living abroad. "I'm delighted that we had another strong year with ...

Trustees Grant Tenure to Three Faculty

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 4:13pm

Three members of the Middlebury College faculty were promoted on May 13, 2017, to the rank of associate professor without limit of tenure. In accepting the recommendations of President Laurie L. Patton and the College Board of Overseers, the Middlebury Board of Trustees promoted Anne Goodsell (physics), Rachael Joo (American studies), and Julien Weber (French). The promotions from assistant professor to associate professor will take effect July 1, 2017. Anne Goodsell is a physicist whose research focuses on the cooling of atoms with laser light and the interaction between highly excited atoms and electric fields. In granting tenure to ...

Maggie Clinton's New Book Examines Fascism and Culture in China

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 2:04pm

Assistant Professor of History Maggie Clinton In her new book, Revolutionary Nativism (2017, Duke University Press), Assistant Professor of History Maggie Clinton traces the history and cultural politics of fascist organizations that operated under the umbrella of the Chinese Nationalist Party (GMD) during the 1920s and 1930s. Clinton, who teaches courses on modern East Asia, modern China, and global fascism, argues that fascism was not imported to China from Europe or Japan; rather, it emerged from the charged social conditions that ...

College Presents Perkins Award for Teaching to Biologist Grace Spatafora

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 9:20am

Middlebury College has awarded the 2017 Perkins Award for Excellence in Teaching to Grace Spatafora, a professor of biology whose research focuses on a better understanding of how Streptococcus mutans , an oral pathogen, causes tooth decay. The Perkins Award is given annually to a member of the Middlebury College Natural Sciences division, alternating each year between mathematics and other departments in the sciences, and honors outstanding performance as a teacher. In nominating her for the award, one student wrote: "Dr. Spatafora's teaching excellence goes beyond her success in the classroom and in the laboratory. She ...

Jeff Munroe Receives Grant for Summer Research in Nevada

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 9:14am
Professor of Geology Jeff Munroe and colleagues at North Dakota State University have received a grant from the Great Basin Heritage Partnership to fund fieldwork this summer in Nevada related to a research project titled Glaciation and Climate Change in Great Basin National Park. The project involves producing a glacial geologic map of the park, reconstructing the park's glacial climates, and evaluating modern water resources in the park.

Jeff Munroe Receives Fulbright for Research in Austria

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 2:16pm

Professor Jeff Munroe during a 2015 research trip to the Uinta Mountains in Utah. Photo: Dan Campbell Professor of Geology Jeff Munroe has been awarded a 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar grant for teaching/research in Austria, where he will be a visiting professor of natural science at the University of Innsbruck. Munroe will contribute lectures or a course for the graduate program in Quaternary geology during the spring semester of 2018. Munroe's research for this grant, titled "Speleothem-based Reconstruction of Last Glacial Maximum Paleoclimate," ...

Eilat Glikman Receives NASA Funding

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:15pm
Assistant Professor of Physics Eilat Glikman has been awarded a grant from NASA for observations using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which is a telescope carried by a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft developed by NASA and the German Space Agency. Glikman's two-year research project titled "Spectral Energy Distributions of Red Quasars" involves collaborators from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Yale University, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the University of California San Diego, and the Leibniz Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam, Germany. The investigation will involve the study of spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of a sample of dust-reddened quasars and is the follow-up to the results ...

Eilat Glikman receives NASA funding for use of the SOFIA observatory

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 9:18am
Eilat Glikman (Physics) has been awarded a grant from NASA for observations using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which is a telescope carried by a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft developed by... Read More

Jeff Munroe receives Fulbright teaching/research fellowship to Austria

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:17am
Jeff Munroe (Geology) has been awarded a 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar grant for teaching/research in Austria where he will be a Visiting Professor of Natural Science at the University of Innsbruck. Jeff will contribute... Read More

Eilat Glikman Named Cottrell Scholar

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:02pm

Eilat Glikman Assistant Professor of Physics Eilat Glikman, a 2014 recipient of the Cottrell College Science Award, has been named a 2017 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation, a private foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences. The highly selective program-only two-dozen top early career academic scientists were selected this year-champions the very best early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy. The award includes a $100,000 grant for Glikman for research and teaching. She plans to use the award to study quasar activity and its role in regulating how galaxies and their nuclear ...

Mellon Choreographer-in-Residence Invites Movement Across the Curriculum

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:49pm

On a cold January afternoon in the Middlebury College dance theater, students stepped onto the dance floor in stocking feet. These weren't veterans of the dance program - rather, they were students of economics and sociology and theater, among other disciplines. And they were ready to unveil works in progress outside their usual scopes of study. One student launched into a spoken word and movement piece in response to a news story about privilege and wealth on college campuses. Another two rocketed into a Mad Libs-inspired improv game. All were participants in Andrew W. Mellon interdisciplinary choreographer Maree ...

Faculty Nominations Sought for Gladstone Award

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:06am
The following announcement regarding the Gladstone Award Honoring Excellence in Teaching was emailed by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Andi Lloyd on February 14. Gladstone Award Honoring Excellence in Teaching The Gladstone Award Honoring Excellence in Teaching was established in 2012 by Christopher D. Gladstone (P'13) and Elise J. Rabekoff (P'13) to recognize faculty who have exhibited exceptional teaching and mentoring within and beyond the classroom. The award will provide support for faculty to undertake a project that will enhance their teaching within the classroom or support collaborative faculty/student work outside the classroom. The award will take the form of a grant in the amount of $10,000, to be ...

Board of Trustees Awards Tenure to Four Middlebury Faculty Members

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:40am

Four members of the Middlebury College faculty have been promoted to the rank of associate professor without limit of tenure. On January 27, 2017, the Middlebury Board of Trustees accepted the recommendations of President Laurie L. Patton and the College Board of Overseers in promoting: Maggie Clinton (history), Jeffrey Howarth (geography), Shawna Shapiro (writing and linguistics), and Louisa Stein (film and media culture). The promotions from assistant professor to associate professor will take effect July 1, 2017. Maggie Clinton is an historian of early 20th-century Chinese history whose new book, Revolutionary Nativism: ...

Pat Manley and Tom Manley receive funding for research on Lake Champlain

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:40am
Pat Manley and Tom Manley (both Geology) have received funding as part of a statewide grant awarded to the VT-EPSCoR program at the University of Vermont (UVM) by the National Science Foundation. The... Read More

Grant Will Support Study of Lake Champlain Resilience

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 4:23pm
Professor of Geology Pat Manley and Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology Tom Manley have received funding as part of a statewide grant awarded to the VT-EPSCoR program at the University of Vermont by the National Science Foundation. The goal of this five-year grant, titled Basin Resiliency to Extreme Events (BREE), is to study and promote resiliency in the Lake Champlain Basin. The wife and husband team will be working with UVM researchers and Middlebury students to study circulation and sediment dynamic of the Winooski River outflow in order to better understand the delivery and disposition of sediment, nutrients and potential contaminants into Lake Champlain. Year one of the five-year program will focus on the deployment of 10 ...

Frank Winkler receives a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:54pm
Frank Winkler (Emeritus Professor, Physics) has been awarded funding from the NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) for his role in a collaborative research project titled What Makes Radio-detected and Optically-detected Supernova Remnants... Read More

Eilat Glikman receives a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 9:45am
Eilat Glikman (Physics) has been awarded a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy on behalf of the National Aeronautics and... Read More


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