Bennett Helm, Professor of Philosophy, received a $640,000 grant from the prestigious John Templeton Foundation. Helm along with two other philosophy professors—Agnieszka Jaworska from University of California-Riverside and Jeffrey Seidman from Vassar College—will collaborate on the project, titled “Love and Human Agency: An Interdisciplinary Investigation.”
Kate Plass, assistant professor of chemistry at Franklin & Marshal, recently received a $400,000 five-year Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation to support her project, “Development of Earth-Abundant Mixed-Metal Sulfide Nanoparticles for Use in Solar Energy Conversion.”
Pavlina Tcherneva, assistant professor of economics at Franklin & Marshall College, has received a grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) to explore U.S. fiscal policy and provide fresh, new perspectives on government stabilization programs.
Michael Anderson, assistant professor of psychology at Franklin & Marshall College, has received a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford for the 2012-13 academic year. He will use the award to embark on a book project exploring theories of brain architecture and embodied cognition, building on his research on the evolution of cognitive functions.
The professors won the award for their groundbreaking research paper titled “Natural Streams and the Legacy of Water-Powered Mills,” which appeared in Science in 2008. The Kirk Bryan Award is presented annually for a publication of distinction that advances the science of geomorphology or Quaternary geology.
Roger Thomas, the John Williamson Nevin Professor of Geosciences at Franklin & Marshall, has been elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA). Thomas received the honor in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the geosciences over nearly four decades of research, teaching and service to the profession.