Dula Amarasiriwardena, professor of chemistry, and Alan Goodman, professor of biological anthropology, were awarded a $196,283 grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a new piece of equipment, an inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). The instrument will be used for a wide range of interdisciplinary chemistry research projects conducted by a diverse group of undergraduate students, and used throughout the Natural Sciences curriculum.
Jane Couperus, dean of the School of Cognitive Science and associate professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience, was awarded a 3-year $154,367 grant from the National Science Foundation for her project entitled "Preparing Undergraduates for Research in STEM-Related Fields using Electrophysiology (PURSUE)." This collaboration with the University of Richmond and Claremont McKenna College is working towards disseminating and implementing best practices in cognitive neuroscience, for which few courses exist that teach the skills necessary to prepare students for authentic research. The goal is to increase the quality and number of training opportunities for undergraduates, while also increasing research outcomes that involve undergraduate co-authors.
Karen Koehler, professor of architectural and art history, and Jennifer Bajorek, assistant professor of comparative literature, were awarded a Teagle Foundation grant through Five Colleges, Inc. They are creating a new blended learning course entitled "Reading Photography" that will incorporate online and in-class elements for the 2016-2017 school year.
Junko Oba, assistant professor of music, received a $2,200 grant from the Northeast Asia Council through the Association for Asian Studies to help support the Five College Ethnomusicology Certificate Symposium. The event will be held during the spring 2017 semester.
Seeta Sistla, assistant professor of ecosystem ecology in the School of Natural Science, was awarded a 3-year $39,064 grant from the Department of Energy for the project "The 'Who' and 'How' of Microbial Control over Soil Carbon Dynamics: A Multi-omics, Stable Isotope, and Modeling Approach." Sistla is a co-investigator on the project, which is a subcontract with the University of Massachuetts Amherst. The team will use soil to study the biotic and abiotic effects of climate change, specifically global warming, that track microbial carbon use efficiency (CUE) on terrestrial ecosystems. These indicator factors will be used to define dynamically CUE in ecosystem models in an effort to improve predictions of decomposition in our system.
Hampshire received a $25,000 grant from the GIM Foundation for the R. W. Kern Center Education Program entitled Measuring & Communicating: The Teaching Power of Successful Sustainable Practices.
Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) received two $10,000 grants from the Gallagher Family Fund; one for capacity building and one for supporting the intern program. CLPP also received a $50,000 grant from the Huber Foundation's Reproductive Rights Program for general operating support and a $10,000 grant from the Ms. Foundation for Women (OMA Fund) in support of Building the Movement: Training Young Leaders in the Reproductive Justice Movement.
The Trust for the Meditation Process awarded Spiritual Life $5,000 for the Contemplative Practices Student Leadership Initiative.
Hampshire's Art Gallery was awarded a $1,200 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for the exhibition Made in America: Unfree Labor in the Age of Mass Incarceration, which will run from January 23-March 3, 2017.
The Film, Video, and Photography Program received a $2,000 grant from the Princess Grace Foundation for general operating expenses.