Faculty Grants Awarded in Fiscal Year 2013

Rachel Beane (Earth and Oceanographic Science) and her collaborator from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for their work titled Probing Caldera-Forming Magmatism: Crystal Accumulation in Large, Upper Crustal Silicic Magma Chambers.  The award will provide funding for Bowdoin undergraduate summer research fellowships, support field sampling of ancient volcanic systems in Arizona and Colorado, and incorporate aspects of the research project into two of Professor Beane’s courses: Volcanoes (EOS 211) and Mineral Science (EOS 315).

Susan Bell (Sociology and Anthropology) was awarded a Scholars Grant Award from the National Science Foundation for her work titled Permeable Spaces and the Global Flow of Biomedical Knowledge.  Partnering with two clinics in southern Maine, Professor Bell will shadow and observe medical staff, immigrant patients and interpreters to document what is said and heard.  Standing at the intersection of medical sociology and anthropology and globalization studies, Professor Bell’s project will provide the basis for Portland’s Office of Minority Health to strengthen the cultural sensitivity of its outreach and education programs for immigrant communities.

Michael Birenbaum Quintero (Music) was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Research Award to support his research project tiled Rites, Rights, and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia’s Black Pacific.  The grant will enable Professor Quintero to travel to Cali, Colombia where he intends to complete his monograph about Afro-Colombian music.  In addition, he plans to teach a graduate seminar on Pacific Afro-Columbian music at the Universidad del Valle, in their new doctoral program in Afro-Latin American Studies.

Damon Gannon (Biology) was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to support the development of a strategic plan for the Kent Island Biological Field Station’s facilities and programs.  Based on recommendations from an external review team, the strategic plan will explore opportunities to develop a collaborative network among field stations in New England and the Canadian Maritimes to address research questions on a regional scale. 

Benjamin Gorske (Chemistry) was awarded a grant from the American Chemical Society for his work titled Folameric Catalysts for Enantioselective Trifluoromethylations of Ketones and Enones.  The award will provide funding for undergraduate research fellowships, laboratory chemicals and supplies and support Professor Gorske’s travel to professional meetings.  The research will have an impact both in the academic realm and in the context of the petroleum industry.

David Gordon (History) was awarded the coveted National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for his research project titled The Rise and Fall of the Ngongo Lutete: A Congolese Warlord at the End of the Nineteenth Century.  With two months dedicated to reviewing preliminary data collected from published material and Belgian archives, Gordon will submit an article to a leading journal in his field.  The article will be a launching point for a broader book project.

Guillermo Herrera (Economics) and his collaborators from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Tufts University, and the New England Aquarium were awarded a grant from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for their work titled Decision-Support for the Economic Analysis of Trade-Offs in Coastal and Maine Spatial Planning for the US Northeast Region.  Using ecological, social, and economic data, the research will adapt and refine regional economic impact models when assessing the management of coastal and marine resources in order to promote sustainable development.

Michael Kolster (Visual Arts) was awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his photographic project titled Take Me to the River.

John Lichter (Biology and Environmental Studies), co-PIs Phil Camill (EOS), and Guillermo Herrera (Economics) from Bowdoin, and collaborators from Bates and the University of Southern Maine were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR): Sustainable Science Partners program.  In the fourth year of a five-year study, the PIs will continue to identify and estimate factors which influence both the pace and level of restoration across rivers in Maine.

Erik Nelson (Economics) was contracted by the World Wildlife Fund for a project titled Mapping Alternative Land-Use Change Scenarios in Sumatra.  Professor Nelson will compile data, develop models, and run resultant models to develop alternative land-use change scenarios for Indonesia.

Brian Purnell (History and Africana Studies) was awarded a travel grant from the Rockefeller Archive Center to support his travel costs to and from the Archive.  Jeffrey Selinger (Government and Legal Studies) was awarded a coveted American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship.  The fellowship will provide funding to support his sabbatical.

Rachel Sturman (History and Asian Studies) was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Research Award to support her research project titled Indian Labor and the Idea of Human Emancipation, 1860-1990.  The award will enable Professor Sturman to travel to the Maharashtra State Archives in Mumbai, India and to the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in Delhi.  Working with resources only available in the paper form, she will be able to trace the histories of local labor parties and state and local efforts of labor regulation.  Data generated from this research project will be the basis for conference presentations in Asian Studies, History, Labor Studies, and Law and Society venues and it will enhance the education of Bowdoin students interested in contemporary globalization and economic change.

Yao Tang (Economics) and his collaborators from the University of Montreal were awarded a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for their work titled The Effects of Trade on the Choice of Exchange Rate Regime and the Canadian Economy.  The award will support Professor Yang’s travel to and from the University of Montreal.

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