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Southwestern Faculty Members Receive Grants to Further Research, Teaching

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    Phil Hopkins submitted one of forty-eight requests that will receive funding

Southwestern awards $111,653 in faculty development funds for 2009

Southwestern has awarded $111,653 in funds from the Competitive Faculty Development Program for 2009-2010. The funds will enable faculty members to travel to conferences or conduct research that will enhance their teaching and further their academic careers. A total of 48 requests received funding.

  • Miguel Benavides, associate athletic trainer, received $3,163 to attend a Level 2 Primal Reflex Release Therapy (PRRT) Workshop in San Diego, Calif. PRRT allows for rapid assessment and treatment of pain and tight muscles. Benavides has had success in reducing pain symptoms in his patients by using this technique. 
  • Shana Bernstein, assistant professor of history, received $2,726 to complete the index for her forthcoming book on the history of multiracial civil rights activism in WWII and Cold War Los Angeles.
  • Erika Berroth, associate professor of German, received $6,214 to attend a seminar in Berlin, Germany, this summer on how Germany is mastering environmental and energy challenges.
  • Laura Senio-Blair, assistant professor of Spanish, received $1,680 to attend the International Hispanic Association of Feminine Literature and Culture Conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October to present a paper on the works of Chilean film director Angelina Vasquez. 
  • Mark Bottorff, associate professor of physics, received $4,560 to develop a prototype observation-driven introductory astronomy course.
  • Romi Burks, assistant professor of biology, received $1,403 to attend a meeting of the Ecological Society of America.  
  • Daniel Castro, professor of history, received $1,600 to travel to Montevideo, Uruguay, this fall to complete research for his book about the National Liberation Movement (NLM) in Uruguay.
  • Elaine Craddock, professor of religion, received $5,800 to conduct fieldwork in India for her book about the transsexual people called the Aravanis who live in the south Indian state of Tamilnadu.
  • Steven Davidson, professor of history, received $2,050 to present a paper at a conference at the University of Wisconsin that is being held to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China.
  • Alejandro de Acosta, assistant professor of philosophy, received $1,000 to purchase research material for articles he writing about Felix Feneon’s work titled Novels in Three Lines
  • John Delaney, associate professor of accounting, received $1,295 to attend the annual conference of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners this summer.
  • David Gaines, professor of English, received $1,425 to attend the Young Rhetoricians Conference in Monterey, Calif., this summer, where he will be the keynote speaker.
  • Alissa Gaunder, associate professor of political science, received $2,750 to travel to Cambridge, Mass., to conduct research at Harvard’s Fung Library for Government and International Studies. She received an additional $750 to present her research on party organization and female representation in the Japanese Parliament at the Women and Political Leadership Conference to be held at American University in April 2010.
  • Martin Gonzalez, associate professor of biology, received $3,900 to conduct research on DNA Polymerase V of E. Coli and to attend a regional meeting.
  • Fay Guarraci, assistant professor of psychology, received $1,530 to attend a Society for Behavioral Neuroscience conference in Toronto, Canada, this summer.  
  • Jason Hoogerhyde, assistant professor of music, received $2,220 to develop a Web site that will enable him to share his music with other composers and performers. The funds will also enable him to attend the College Music Society’s national conference in Portland, Ore., in October.
  • Phil Hopkins, associate professor of philosophy, received $1,500 to complete the writing of a book chapter titled “The Word for World is Logos.” The chapter will be published in the Continuum Companion to Ancient Philosophy in 2010.
  • Julia Johnson, assistant professor of communication studies, received $2,850 to conduct interviews with transgender activists in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • Melissa Johnson, associate professor of anthropology, received $2,810 to give a presentation titled “Consuming Belize” at the World Congress of Environmental History in Coppenhagen, Denmark, in August. 
  • Alison Kafer, assistant professor of feminist studies, received $1,035 to attend the National Women’s Studies Association conference in Atlanta, Ga., in November.  
  • Michael Kamen, associate professor of education, received $2,090 to attend a meeting of the International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education in La Manzanilla, Mexico. Stephen Marble, associate professor of education, received $1,500 to attend the same conference.
  • Maria Lowe, professor of sociology, received $2,400 finish writing her book about the contributions of two colleges – one black and one white – to the civil rights movement in Mississippi from 1954-1965. She also will present her research at the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference in March 2010. 
  • Shannon Mariotti, assistant professor of political science, received $3,000 to help fund her book titled Thoreau’s Democratic Withdrawal – Alienation, Participation and Modernity. 
  • Alison Marr, assistant professor of mathematics, received $1,000 to attend a Project NExT workshop in Portland, Ore., in August. Marr is one of 85 math professors selected to participate in Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching), a professional development program for recent PhDs in mathematical sciences sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. 
  • Francis Mathieu, assistant professor of French, received $4,608 to conduct research at the French National Library in Paris. 
  • Scott McLean, associate professor of kinesiology, received $2,825 to attend the 2009 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports conference in Ireland.
  • Thom McClendon, professor of history, received $1,000 to revise the manuscript for his book, White Chief, Black Lords, which examines indirect rule in colonial Natal. 
  • Helene Meyers, professor of English, received $1,750 to write an introductory volume on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.
  • Bill O’Brien, associate professor of physics, received $7,620 for a research project on enhanced solar power efficiency for remote sensing instrument packages on Alaska glaciers.
  • Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton, professor of English, received $2,300 to conduct research for a book about contemporary North Vietnam.
  • Mary Grace Neville, assistant professor of business, received $3,605 to participate in a six-day training program at the Gestalt Institute Study Center near Boston in November.
  • Aaron Prevots, assistant professor of French, received $2,000 to add a new section to his Web site on French Through Songs and Singing. The new section will focus on women’s voices in French music.
  • Gulnar Rawji, associate professor of chemistry, received $2,400 to work with a colleague at Middlebury College on synthesizing new platinum (IV) complexes that can oxidize certain components of DNA.
  • Carl Robertson, associate professor of Chinese, received $1,125 to spend a week conducting research at the Harvard-Yenching Library. The library has the largest collection of materials in the world related to The Journey to the West, a story cycle from the 16th century in China that Robertson is interested in.
  • Katy Ross, assistant professor of Spanish, received $2,775 to present a paper at the Asociacion Hispanica de Humanidades conference in Sevilla, Spain, this summer. 
  • Eileen Russell, associate professor of music, received $2,600 to attend a trombone seminar in New Mexico this summer and to travel to solo recitals in Oregon and Washington state in October.
  • Michael Saenger, associate professor of English, received $1,220 to develop the manuscript for a book titled Shakespeare and the Borders of English.
  • Rebecca Sheller, associate professor of biology, received $3,450 to continue her research on breast cancer. 
  • Kim Smith, associate professor of art history, received $737 to attend a meeting of the German Studies Association in Washington, D.C., in October. She also received $1,707 to have two texts translated for an anthology on Expressionist art history she is editing.
  • Davi Thornton, assistant professor of communication studies, received $1,700 to conduct research for an article on the government’s disease awareness campaigns. 
  • Mary Visser, professor of art, received $6,000 to conduct research on new rapid prototyping methods for creating sculptures.