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Sandra Carletti awarded a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Sandra Carletti (Italian) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled The United Tables of Italy: Pellegrino Artusi and the Unification of Italy in the Kitchen. The grant will enable Sandra to travel to Italy during her 2014-15 leave to do research at the Pellegrino Artusi library in Forlimpopoli, Emilia-Romagna, which houses the archives for the iconic cookbook that Artusi published just thirty years after the official unification of Italy. She plans to examine documents and collect materials to enhance her teaching of Italian culture and history and to support creation of a new course on the intersection of literature, food, and language in the representation of Italian identity.

Laurie Essig awarded a Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Laurie Essig  (Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled “Bury Their Hearts”: The Homosexual as foreign Pollution in Russia. The grant will fund a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, during which Laurie will meet with colleagues, experts, and LGBT and feminist activists to further explore how the figure of the homosexual is being used in nationalist politics and rhetoric as a sign of foreign pollution and disease. This trip will also  provide Laurie with the opportunity reacquaint herself with “all things Russian” including Russian academic culture, in an effort to prepare for doing research in Russia in the future and being able to update her work on sexual citizenship in Russia in order to expand her teaching to include global sexualities.

Sujata Moorti awarded a Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Sujata Moorti (Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Transnational Surrogacy and Feminism. The grant will enable Sujata to travel Bengaluru, India, during her 2014-15 leave to visit surrogacy centers that draw people from a wide variety of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.    She plans  to witness interactions between all parties involved in the practice of surrogate parenthood  in her quest to better understand this transnational practice and the feminist responses to it. This experience will enable her to update her course “Mobile Women: Transnational Work Patterns” and will also affect other courses that touch on transnational feminism.

Eilat Glikman receives grant from Research Corporation

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Eilat Glikman (Physics) has received a grant from Research Corporation, a private foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences. This research will study growing super-massive black holes (aka quasars) and the effects they have on their host galaxies. Since all galaxies are believed to grow a black hole at some point in their history, this research will help explain how the galaxies we see today, such as the Milky Way, formed their detailed structure. At least three undergraduates will be involved in this work over the next two to three years. The project is titled Quasar/Galaxy Co-Evolution Caught in the Act: Understanding the Physics of Feedback.

Svea Closser: Gates Foundation Funding for Polio Project

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Svea Closser (Anthropology) received a contract from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation a year ago for a comprehensive research project aimed at assessing the impact of the global polio eradication initiative on strengthening routine immunization and primary health care. With the help of a full time coordinator, this project involved consultants and paid staff conducting research in Nepal, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Angola. Seven Middlebury undergraduates also made substantial contributions to the research. Portions of the work were subcontracted to ISciences, a quantitative analysis firm in Burlington, and CARE International, a major NGO. An article on methodology has been published, and a results article and report will be released in the coming months.