Bowdoin Professors Win Honors and Grants

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Bowdoin faculty members across the sciences and humanities continue to garner awards for their work – including research grants, scholarly accolades, and fellowships abroad – from institutions such as the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.

Here are some of the most recent faculty awards:

Thomas Baumgarte (Physics) was awarded a renewal grant from the National Science Foundation for his project “Numerical Simulations of Black Holes, Neutron Stars and Gravitational Radiation.”

Rachel Beane (Earth and Oceanographic Science) was awarded a Visiting Erskine Fellowship from the University of Canterbury in support of her sabbatical research in New Zealand.

Patsy Dickinson (Biology and Neuroscience) was awarded a supplement grant to support an undergraduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation for her project “Coordinated modulation of a multilayered neuromuscular system.”

Dickinson and Elizabeth Stemmler (Chemistry) were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for their project “Molecular mechanisms and physiological triggers underlying neuromodulator plasticity in a lobster pattern generator.”

John Fitzgerald and Rachel Connelly (Economics) were awarded a grant from the Institutes for Research on Poverty for their project “The Impact of Food Stamps on Age at Onset of Adverse Health Conditions.”

Mark Foster (English) was awarded a Fulbright Scholar award to South Africa.

Michael Franz (Government) and his collaborators from Wesleyan were awarded a grant from the MacArthur Foundation for their project “The Wesleyan Media Project.”

Michele LaVigne (Earth and Oceanographic Science) was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for her project “Decadal climate, carbon and nutrient variability: New insights from deep-sea bamboo coral records on the California margin.”

Steve Naculich (Physics) was awarded a renewal grant from the National Science Foundation for his project “Supersymmetric Gauge and String Theory,” as well as a grant from the Simons Foundation Fellows in Theoretical Physics program to support his upcoming sabbatical project at the the University of Michigan: “Amplitudes in Gauge Theory, Gravity, and String Theory.”

Erik Nelson (Economics) and his collaborators from the World Wildlife Fund, Florida International University and the University of Washington were awarded a grant from Resources for Our Future for their project “Assessing the Cost of the Critical Habitat Rule under the Endangered Species Act: A Retrospective Study of Regulatory Performance.”

Manny Reyes (Mathematics) was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for his project “Noncommutative polynomial algebras and the foundations of noncommutative geometry.”

Collin Roesler (Earth and Oceanographic Science) and collaborators from public and private institutions in Maine received an award from the NSF EPSCoR Program to establish a Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) program in Maine. Roesler also received a grant from NASA for her project “Quantifying Uncertainties in Phytoplankton Absorption Coefficients for Accurate Validation of the PACE Ocean Color Sensor: Moving Towards Satellite Retrieved Phytoplankton Functional Types (PFTs).”

Andrew Rudalevige (Government) was awarded the Martha Joynt Kumar Founders Award for the best paper presented by a Ph.D. holding scholar at the 2013 American Political Science Association meeting.

Jennifer Taback (Mathematics) was awarded a grant from the Simons Foundation for her project “Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians: Geometry and quasi-isometry classification of some self-similar groups.”

Birgit Tautz and Jill Smith (German) were awarded a grant from the German Embassy to support German Weeks 2014-15.

Karen Topp (Physics), with collaborators Madeleine Msall (Physics) and Charles Dorn (Education), received a grant from the Physics Teacher Education Coalition to support the development of a more clearly-defined Physics Education path and encourage students to consider teaching careers.

Dharni Vasudevan (Chemistry) and her collaborator from the University of Connecticut were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for their project “Organic Cation Interactions with Soil Aluminosilicates: Structure-Sorption Relationships.”

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