Faculty Grant Awards

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Recent Awards (2016 to present)

Government
  • Mark Blitz, Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy, and Director of the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World was awarded a five-year, $1,200,000 grant for the Salvatori Center from the Donor’s Trust for Programs on the Work of Leo Strauss; a $50,000 grant for the Salvatori Center from the Bradley Foundation to support graduate study; and a $14,000 grant for the Salvatori Center from the Koch Foundation for Programs on American Constitutionalism.
  • Minxin Pei, Tom and Margot Pritzker Professor of Government, George R. Roberts Fellow, and Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies received a $117,000 grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation for his project.
  • Aseema Sinha, Wagener Family Associate Professor of Comparative Politics and George R. Roberts Fellow, was awarded a Fulbright Academic and Professional Excellence Award for her project, “Transforming the US-India Partnership: The Role of Economic and Social Linkages.”
History
  • Albert Park, Professor of History, and co-PIs—Branwen Williams, Associate Professor Environmental Science, and Marc Los Huertos, the Stephen M. Pauley Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College—received a prestigious $1.4 million award from the Henry Luce Foundation as part of the foundation's Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE). The grant will support the continuation of the Envirolab Asia project.
  • Daniel Livesay, Assistant Professor of History, received a Huntington Library/Omohundro Short Term Research Fellowship for a new project studying the lives of elderly enslaved individuals in Virginia and Jamaica from 1783-1865.
  • Albert Park, Associate Professor of History, received a $100,000 LIASE Exploration Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund EnviroLab Asia.
  • Tamara Venit-Shelton, Associate Professor of History, was awarded a one-year, $95,000 grant (plus up to $10,500 for research and relocation costs) from the American Council of Learned Societies as part of the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship designated specifically for liberal arts college faculty. These opportunities within the Burkhardt Fellowship program are open to recently tenured humanists. Professor Venit-Shelton will spend her fellowship completing a historical monograph on Chinese medicine in the United States (January 2017).
Mathematical Sciences
  • Blake Hunter, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received a grant from the National Science Foundation's Big Data Science & Engineering program. This grant will allow Professor Hunter and his collaborators to analyze data on Lyme disease in order to develop new methods that will contribute to a better understanding of the disease itself, allow for more accurate diagnoses, and more effective treatment for patients.
  • Chiu-Yen Kao, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and Lenny Fukshansky, Professor of Mathematics, have each received a $42,000 collaboration research grant from the Simons Foundation. The Simons Foundation, which strives to advance research in mathematics and the basic sciences, awards collaborative research grants to allow researchers the ability to travel and stimulate research in the field.
  • Lenny Fukshansky, Professor of Mathematics, received an NSA grant for his project, “Analytic techniques and algebraic constructions in geometric lattice theory.”
  • Blake Hunter, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, was awarded a $10,000 NSF IPAM Long Program Grant in Culture Analytics as well as a $2,000 NSF ICERM Travel Grant. He also received a $124,982 collaboration grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for an MSRI speaker series and summer school program.
  • Chiu-Yen Kao, Associate Professor of Mathematics, received an NSF grant for her project, “Closest point methods for eigenvalue problems from inhomogeneous structures.” She also received an NSF grant to support a workshop and lecture series.
Philosophy
  • Paul Hurley, Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy, received a $65,000 research grant from the Murphy Institute at Tulane University.
  • S. Andrew Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, was the recipient of a $6,000 Graves Award in the Humanities for “The Ethics of Presenting Complex Scientific Information.”
Psychology
  • Ronald Riggio, Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, received a $17,500 grant from the Army Research Institute in support of a research project titled, “Early to Mid-Life Predictors of Leadership Development.” The goal of the research is to study the impact of early life experiences on adult lives, with a focus on how early experiences affect educational attainment, career choice and trajectory, attainment of positions as leaders at work and in the community, family life, and perceptions of happiness, satisfaction and success in life.
  • Marjorie H. Charlop, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Autism Clinic, received a grant from the Simon-Strauss Foundation for Social Skills programming at the Claremont Autism Center, Leon Strauss Clinic.
  • Stacey Doan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, received a $458,928 collaborative research grant from the National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Drug Abuse. The project is titled, “Rescuing affective and cognitive processes to influence smoking prevention.”
  • Wei-Chin Hwang, Professor of Psychology, received a collaborative research grant from AHMC Healthcare Inc. for a project titled, “Culturally Appropriate Strategies for Chinese Americans with Diabetes (CASCADe).”
  • Catherine Reed, McElwee Professor of Psychology and George R. Roberts Fellow, and her collaborators were awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for their collaborative proposal, “Preparing Undergraduates for Research in STEM-related fields Using Electrophysiology (PURSUE).”
W.M. Keck Science Department
  • Patrick Ferree, Associate Professor of Biology, received a supplemental grant from the National Science Foundation. Through this grant, Professor Ferree will be able to purchase new equipment for his research. Professor Ferree is the current recipient of an NSF CAREER grant for his project, “Paternal genome elimination by a selfish B chromosome in the jewel wasp Nasonia vitripennis.”
  • Aaron Leconte, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received a grant from the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The Jean Dreyfus Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions will allow Professor Leconte and his collaborator—Jane Liu, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, of Pomona College—to bring Professor David R. Liu from Harvard University to the Claremont Colleges. An innovator at the interface of chemistry and biology, Dr. Liu exemplifies the scientific creativity that Professors Leconte and Liu hope their students will embrace.
  • Nancy Williams, Associate Professor of Chemistry, received a $1.1 million collaboration grant from the National Science Foundation. Professor Williams and her collaborators will use this federal award to continue the great work of the the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemistry (IONIC), helping empower faculty to reinvision the way they teach inorganic chemistry.
  • Sarah Gilman, Associate Professor of Biology, was awarded a $9,323 supplemental grant from the NSF in April 2017. Sarah Gilman is the current recipient of an NSF CAREER grant for her project, “Thermal stress and intertidal zonation: The neglected role of food supply.” This supplemental grant will support a local elementary school science teacher, who will help conduct research in Professor Gilman’s lab this summer. The goal of the program is to enhance the professional development of K-12 science educators through research experience.
  • Mary Hatcher-Skeers, Sydney J. Weinburg Jr. Chair in Natural Sciences; Anna Wenzel, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Aaron Leconte, Assistant Professor of Chemistry were awarded a $20,000 grant from the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation for a project titled, “Acquisition of a Fluorimeter for Undergraduate Instruction and Research.” Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation; 8/2016; $20,000 + $20,000 institutional match; Keck Science Department, Claremont, CA
  • Aaron M. Leconte, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received a $100,000 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement in support of his project, “Biochemical characterization and engineering of luciferases through Statistical Coupling Analysis.”
  • Anna Wenzel Associate Professor of Chemistry, received an $8,000 grant from Organic Syntheses, Inc. Grant for Summer Research at an Undergraduate Institution. She also received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled, “RUI: Catalyst Systems to Effect Asymmetric Induction in the Hydroamination of Olefins.”
  • Kathleen Purvis-Roberts, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science, was awarded a $699,985 collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled, “RUI: Collaborative Research: Aerosol Formation From Agricultural Volatile Organic Compounds.” She is working in collaboration with Professor David Cocker, University of California Riverside, Dr. Phil Silva, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dr. Matthew Nee and Dr. Rezaul Mahmood, Western Kentucky University. She also received a $60,000 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for a project titled, “Chemical Mechanism for Particulate Matter Formation from Amines Utilized in Carbon Sequestration Technologies.”
  • Nancy Williams, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and collaborators received a $437,962 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled, “IONiC: Transforming education through collaborative development of materials at the frontiers of inorganic chemistry.”

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