Grants awarded in 2003

Biology

Lawrence Espey, Department of Biology, has received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation.  His project, entitled Gonadotropin-Induced Gene Transcription Associated with Ovulation, involves post-docs and undergraduates. $350,000.

David Ribble, Department of Biology, received an award from the Association of Southern Colleges to support two student researchers in the summer of 2003 working on environmental monitoring in the San Antonio area.  The purpose of the project was to survey the terrestrial mammals, except bats, at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (National Park Service) in San Antonio, Texas. This research is part of a larger project of documenting the mammals in Bexar County and how their distribution and abundance have changed since surveys were conducted in the San Antonio area in the late 19th century. $3,000.

Chemistry

Steven Bachrach, Department of Chemistry, has received a 3-year grant from the Welch Foundation to pursue research with a post-doctoral associate and undergraduate students.  His project is entitled Solvent Effect on Nucleophilic Substitution at Sulfur and Selenium. $150,000.

Steven Bachrach, Department of Chemistry, has been awarded a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support a Research in Undergraduate Institutions program entitled Solvent Effects on Organic Compounds.  $265,300.

Michelle Bushey, Department of Chemistry, has received a 3-year grant from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund. With her undergraduate students, she will pursue research in chemistry and bio-chemistry; her project is entitled Porous Polymer Monoliths for Capillary Electrochromatography.  $50,000.

Bert Chandler, Department of Chemistry, has received a 3-year grant from the Welch Foundation to pursue research with a post-doctoral associate and undergraduate students.  His project is entitled Dendrimer Templates for Compositional Control of Bimetallic Catalysts. $150,000.

Christopher Pursell, Department of Chemistry, has received a 3-year grant from the Welch Foundation to pursue research with a post-doctoral associate and undergraduate students.  His project is entitled Chemistry on Hydrogen-bonding Solids. $150,000.

Christopher Pursell, Department of Chemistry, with Peter L. Kelly-Zion and Diana D. Glawe, Department of Engineering Science, has been awarded a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support their project entitled RUI: Acquisition of a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer and Other Instrumentation for the Study of Multicomponent Fuel Film Vaporization at Trinity University. $163,154.

Nancy Mills, Department of Chemistry, has received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation.  She will work with undergraduates and post-docs on a project entitled RUI-Antiaromaticity of Indenylidene Dications and the Aromaticity/Antiaromaticity Continuum. $253,000.

Education

Laura Allen, Department of Education, has received a 2-year grant from the San Antonio Area Foundation.  She will work with undergraduates to install new software at Jackson Middle School in a project entitled A Trinity University-Jackson Middle School Partnership to Improve Writing. $6,300.

Paul Kelleher, Department of Education, has been awarded support for the Robert Noyce Scholarship program, a three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation to recruit and train new science and mathematics teachers for the San Antonio school system.  Twenty $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to seniors and post-baccalaureate candidates in Trinity’s M.A.T. program to support the introduction of ten science and math teachers to the San Antonio school system each year.  The project will be jointly directed by David Ribble, Department of Biology, Edward Roy, Department of Geosciences, Fred Loxsom, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Nancy Mills, Department of Chemistry.  $500,000.

Joy McQueen, Department of Education, has received a 5-year grant from the United States Department of Education to support the Upward Bound Program, which prepares San Antonio area at-risk high school students for college education.  $1,785,630.

Engineering Science

Peter L. Kelly-Zion and Diana D. Glawe, Department of Engineering Science, with Christopher Pursell, Department of Chemistry, have been awarded a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support their project entitled RUI: Acquisition of a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer and Other Instrumentation for the Study of Multicomponent Fuel Film Vaporization at Trinity University. $163,154.

Kevin Nickels, Department of Engineering Science, has received an award from the Texas Space Grant Consortium for a Trinity University project entitled Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge. He will direct four Engineering Sciences seniors who will design an Unpressurized Manned Rover for use on the Lunar or Martian surface and compete against teams from other universities.  $2,900.

English

Richard Newhauser, Department of English, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to teach at Cambridge University, England in the summer of 2004.  His five-week seminar for 15 university professors is entitled The Seven Deadly Sins as Cultural Constructions in the Middle Ages. $74,773.

Claudia Stokes, Department of English, has been awarded the 2003-4 William Dean Howells Memorial Fellowship in American Literature (1860-1920) by Harvard University’s Houghton Library. She will pursue research for a project entitled Wendell vs. Howells: Realism and the Writing of American Literary History. $2,500.

Health Care Administration

Mary Stefl, Department of Health Care Administration, has received an award from the Department of Health and Human Services to support student training and special projects.  $37,157.

History

Eve Duffy, Department of History, has received a 1-year fellowship from the The Remarque Institute at New York University to study European and American museums of science.  Her research and teaching activities will be related to a project entitled “Responsibility and Its Discontents”: Museums, Modernity, and the Modern Citizen. $30,000.

Geosciences

Thomas Gardner, Department of Geosciences has received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support tectonic studies related to the subduction process and recent rapid uplift and shortening of the Earth’s crust in Costa Rica.  He will collaborate with Donald Fisher of the Pennsylvania State University on a three-year project entitled, Crustal Thickening, Shortening, and Uplift in the Forearc of an Erosive Convergent Margin, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica. $103,574.

Trinity University, on behalf of the Associated Colleges of the South, has been awarded a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for a 3-year project entitled Reform of Science Education for Non-Science MajorsEdward Roy, Department of Geosciences, will coordinate Trinity’s participation in the project to develop new curricula in the sciences.  $500,000.

Mathematics

Jeff Lawson, Department of Mathematics, has received a Research Opportunity Award from the National Science Foundation to allow him to participate in a research project with colleagues at Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology. This research is part of larger project entitled Reduction by Symmetry in Multisymplectic and n-symplectic Geometries. $16,000.

Jeff Lawson, Department of Mathematics, has received an award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, United Kingdom, to serve in a visiting faculty position in Geometry and Mechanics at the University of Surrey during the spring and summer semesters of 2004. Dr. Lawson will engage in a project entitled Multisymplectic Structures, n-Symplectic Geometry, Relative Equilibria, and Nonlinear PDEs. ₤7,200.

Philosophy

Ewing Chinn, Department of Philosophy, has received a grant from the Matchette Foundation to support a national symposium on the work of Texas philosopher David Hall. This symposium was held at Trinity in May 2003 and will feature many prominent philosophers, including Richard Rorty, Roger Ames, and Henry Rosemont.  $1,000.

Judith Norman, Department of Philosophy, has been awarded an American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship from the American Association of University Women.  She will spend the year in Europe researching and writing her book project entitled Nietzsche’s Affinities: Nietzsche in the 19th Century. $30,000.

Psychology

Jane Childers, Department of Psychology, has received a 3-year Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institute of Health.  She will work with graduate laboratory coordinator, undergraduates and post-docs on her research project entitled Children’s Use of Comparison During Verb Acquisition. $218,820.

Religion

Randall Nadeau, Department of Religion, has been awarded a grant from the AsiaNetwork  (supported by the Freeman Foundation) for collaborative faculty-student research in China.  Dr. Nadeau and five undergraduate students will pursue three weeks of research and field study for a project entitled Chinese Gender (Trans)Formation. $32,976.

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