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Michael Sheridan Receives Dumbarton Oaks Grant

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Michael Sheridan (Sociology-Anthropology) has received a Dumbarton Oaks Project Grant for a project titled Ethnobotany, symbolism, and property rights institutions in tropical agrarian societies. The grant will support his ongoing research on botanically similar plants that delineate property lines, mark graves, and symbolize peace throughout tropical Africa, the Caribbean and Oceania. During his 14-15 leave, he will revisit St. Vincent, Cameroon, and Tanzania for ethnographic fieldwork on these plants and expand the project to Polynesia. “Boundary plants” remain meaningful despite social and ecological change because they embed both property rights and social values into landscapes. The resulting work will describe the symbolic, social, and ecological commonalities of these plants in agrarian societies, and explore how these focal points of property, identity, and meaning shape tropical landscapes.

Jessica Teets Awarded Public Intellectuals Program Outreach Grant

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Jessica Teets (Political Science) has been awarded a grant to conduct a one year outreach program  in a local elementary school with a goal of promoting awareness of China and sparking an interest in learning more about China on the part of the students and teachers at the school; the program will be designed so that it can be taken over by organizations with other afterschool programs. This Outreach Grant marks the culmination of support that Jessica received through her selection in 2011 as a Public Intellectuals Program fellow of the  National Committee on US-China Relations.

Frank Winkler: Funding from the Space Telescope Science Institute

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Frank Winkler (Emeritus Professor, Physics) has been awarded funding from the NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute for a his role in a collaborative research project led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University. This project, involving new  observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, is titled Discovering and Characterizing the Young Supernova Remnant Population in M101. The team will use will use the new data, archival Hubble images, and data from other space- and ground-based observatories to better understand the types of stars and general environment that lead to stellar explosions known as supernovae.

Clarissa Parker receives NARSAD Young Investigator Grant

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Clarissa Parker (Psychology & Neuroscience) has received a 2013 NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation that wholly funds her project titled Genome-Wide Association for Conditioned Fear in the Diversity Outbred Mouse Population. The grant provides materials and supplies for two years of research into genetic influences on fear in mice, which may have implications for anxiety disorders in humans.

Eilat Glikman awarded STSI funding

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Eilat Glikman (Physics) has received funding from the NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute to continue her ongoing research related to observations made by the Hubble Space Telescope. The main goal of this project, titled Testing the Merger Hypothesis for Black Hole/Galaxy Co-Evolution at z-2, is to image the host galaxies of rapidly growing black holes, to test whether galaxy mergers provide the necessary fuel that feed the growing black holes.

James Calvin Davis earns Seminar Grant

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James Calvin Davis (Religion) has been awarded a Seminar Grant from Bringing Theory to Practice, an organization working in conjunction with the Association of American Colleges & Universities, to support campus initiatives that focus on engaged learning and students’ civic development.  The grant will underwrite a winter term retreat to further develop a new Middlebury initiative called Privilege & Poverty, a curricular program on economic inequality that will serve as a laboratory for pedagogical innovation, co-curricular learning, and the broader exploration of higher education’s civic mission.

Leticia Arroyo Abad awarded two grants for sabbatical research

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Leticia Arroyo Abad (Economics & IPE) was awarded the Franklin Research Grant by the American Philosophical Society and the Arthur H. Cole Grant  by the Economic History Association to fund her sabbatical project The Fiscal Roots of Latin American Inequality. Leticia will spend some time in the archives in Madrid and the spring semester as a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics.