Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

2007-2008 Awards

Toyota USA Foundation Grant of $450,000 Expands Science Teaching Method to High Schools Nationwide

The POGIL Project, led by Professor of Chemistry Rick Moog, has been awarded $450,000 by the Toyota USA Foundation. The primary use of the grant will be to adapt POGIL techniques developed, demonstrated, and tested at the undergraduate level to chemistry and biology instruction at the high-school level.

Funded by the National Science Foundation since 2003, the POGIL Project is a national professional development program focused on helping faculty incorporate student-centered active learning into undergraduate science instruction. The POGIL Project now plans to increase professional development of high-school science teachers and develop 250-300 classroom inquiry materials for high-school chemistry and biology courses. The materials will be ready by fall 2011, when the College Board introduces redesigned AP science curricula that emphasize inquiry-based learning.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grants $1.3 Million to Franklin & Marshall for Bioinformatics

Franklin & Marshall was one of 48 undergraduate institutions in the country to receive an award from HHMI, which last year issued a challenge to 224 undergraduate colleges nationwide to identify creative new ways to engage students in the biological sciences

At Franklin & Marshall, the HHMI grant will fund a new major in bioinformatics, a field that combines biology, computer science and mathematics to investigate data-rich areas in the sciences, particularly in the field of genetics. The grant will also enhance the college's collaboration with the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, Pa., which treats and researches genetic and metabolic disorders among the Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities. Finally, the grant will help the college reach out to high school teachers, introducing them to the new bioinformatics field.

F&M Wins Keystone Innovation Grant to Recruit Genomicist

A genomicist, whose new job will include mentoring student researchers working with the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg as well as developing a new interdisciplinary major in bioinformatics, will join the faculty this fall, thanks in part to a recent $164,933 grant through Pennsylvania's Keystone Innovation Starter Kit initiative (KISK).

Genomicist Jaime E. Blair will join the Franklin & Marshall faculty this fall.? ?Franklin & Marshall College was one of only 13 colleges and universities in the state receiving a grant from the KISK program, which is designed to recruit top faculty researchers into crucial advanced knowledge areas and is part of a broader Keystone Innovation Zone project that encourages community/university partnerships.

Astrophysicist Andrea Lommen Wins NSF Grant to Pursue Gravitational Waves

Einstein predicted them. Princeton scientists won the 1993 Nobel Physics Prize for indirectly demonstrating they exist. But no one has directly detected gravitational waves, or "ripples" in the space-time continuum.

Andrea N. Lommen, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Franklin & Marshall College, however, hopes to change that. And she just won a highly competitive grant of $654,917 to do so.

The National Science Foundation recently selected Lommen as the recipient of a CAREER award for her project, "Gravitational Wave Detection Using Pulsars." 

The CAREER award is the NSF's most prestigious grant supporting early career development activities of teacher-scholars who effectively integrate research and education in their projects. Only about 400 scientists receive the awards each year, out of a pool of more than 2500 applicants. 

This is Franklin & Marshall's second CAREER award – Ryan Mehl, assistant professor of chemistry, won one in 2005.

Luce Foundation Grant Aids Women Pursuing Degrees in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Physics

Franklin & Marshall College has been awarded a grant of $354,978 by the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. The grant is part of the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program and will support four Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholars for two years.

The grant will provide full-tuition scholarships to women in their junior and senior years who are majors in astronomy, astrophysics, or physics. Each scholar will also receive a stipend of $2,000 to be used for research.

The Clare Boothe Luce Program stands alone as the single most significant source of private support for women in science, engineering and mathematics. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. She appreciated, however, that many women face obstacles in their chosen professions. Through her bequest establishing this program, she sought to remedy this state of affairs.

DEP Grant Awarded to Earth & Environment Professors Dorothy Merritts and Bob Walters

Professor Merritts and Walters were awarded a $516,650 DEP grant under the Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Grant Program. The goals and objectives of this project are: 1) identification of relative volumes and contributions of different sediment sources and 2) monitoring nutrient and sediment loads and conducting “Sediment/Nutrient Monitoring and BMP Efficiencies.

Richard Kent Receives Carpenter Foundation Funding

Dr. Richard K. Kent, Associate Professor of Art & Art History received $35,000 in funding from the Carpenter Foundation. In 1998, Mr. Christopher Zhu, former Assistant Director of the Shanghai Museum of Art, current Director of Han Ying Art Consultants (Shanghai), and a professional colleague of Dr. Richard K. Kent. discovered a group of deaf artists from Shandong province who were exhibiting exquisitely carved wood sculptures at an art fair in Shanghai.Zhou Ning and Xiao Yixia, a husband and wife team of artists who had taught art at the Shandong Rehabilitation School attended by these young people, formed and continue to lead this collective known as the True Words Studio. As a professor with expertise in the field of Asian art, Dr. Kent intends to co-curate with Mr. Zhu a February 2009 exhibition of the art of the True Words Studio. The exhibition of wood sculptural reliefs by the artists of the True Words Studio represents the Museum's first effort to bring contemporary Chinese art before the College community and the broader south-central Pennsylvania region. To maximize this project's educational impact, the budget submitted to the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation (Philadelphia) requested funds for travel and further research in preparation for the exhibit, catalogue design and printing, and shipping costs for the art pieces.