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Mark Spritzer awarded NIH AREA grant

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Mark Spritzer (Biology) has been awarded an R15 research grant through the National Institutes of Health’s AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) program. This grant will support work to investigate the effect of testosterone replacement on the spatial working memory of hypogonadal aged male rats. It will fund research equipment, supplies, and travel to conferences and will involve at least 18 undergraduate research assistants over the next three years.

Sujata Moorti awarded residencies at Mt. Holyoke and McGill

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Sujata Moorti (Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies) has been awarded residencies at two institutions in support of her 2014-15 leave and her research titled Science and Gender in New Media. During the fall she will be a Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College, where she will contribute to their focus on Feminist Science and Technology Studies. In January 2015 she will begin a five-month residency  as Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal.

Brett Millier awarded a grant to attend NEH Summer Institute

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Brett Millier (English and American Literatures) has been awarded a grant to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute titled Mortality: Facing Death in Ancient Greece, which is  sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research at the University of California at Santa Cruz in collaboration with the Athens Centre in Athens, Greece where the program will be based. The institute encourages the study of mortality in ancient Greece as the basis for comparative study across cultures, disciplines, and historical periods. During the institute, Brett’s goal is to both enhance her teaching in CMLT 101 and develop a comparative interdisciplinary course on the issues raised in the Institute’s readings and discussions.

Febe Armanios – Fellowship for Middle East research

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Febe Armanios (History) has been awarded a Fellowship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation (Germany) in support of her research this summer in Turkey, Cyprus and Lebanon. The research relates to her 2014-15 leave and to her new book project, titled Satellite Ministries: The Rise of Christian Television in the Middle East. The project investigates the rise of Christian broadcasting in the region, from its American evangelical roots in the early 1980s to its more indigenous representations today.

Will Amidon – Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Will Amidon (Geology)  has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Rediscovering Geochronology. The grant will enable Will to spend four months during his 2014-15 leave in Lorraine, France at the Centre de Recherches Petrographiques and Geochemiques fulfilling personal and professional goals related to doing geochronological research and incorporating new techniques into project-based based learning at Middlebury.

Elizabeth Morrison – Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Elizabeth Morrison (Religion)  has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled In the Company of Pilgrims:   The “Four Great Places” of the Life of the Buddha. The grant will enable Elizabeth to travel to northern India and Nepal to visit sites significant in the life of the Buddha and the history of the Indian Buddhist tradition. The  goal of this project is to deepen her understanding of the early Indian Buddhist tradition while observing and experiencing the phenomenon of contemporary global Buddhist pilgrimage. The experience will enhance the full range of the classes she teaches in Asian religions.

Timothy Billings awarded an NEH Enduring Questions grant

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Timothy Billings (English & American Literatures, Comparative Literature Program) has been awarded an Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the development of a new course on the topic of “What is lost (& found) in translation?” Students will explore the fundamental philosophical, sociological, and linguistic questions raised by translingual communication such as: How much does language determine how we think? How much of language is culture? What is unique to translating sacred texts, poetry, “exotic” languages, and dead languages? Is anything “untranslatable”? Are translators traitors, drudges, or artists? Can machines translate? Students will survey the history of theoretical writing on translation while comparing multiple translations of coherent sections from major works such as the Bible, Greek & Latin poetry, Tao Te Ching, and One Thousand and One Nights among others. The course will be offered twice during the next two years.