Grants awarded in 2004

Trinity University, in a collaborative effort led by Mark Brodl, Brackenridge Distinguished Professor of Biology, with Eugene Clark, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Allen Holder, Department of Mathematics, Nancy Mills, Department of Chemistry and Jonathan King, David Ribble, Jim Shinkle, Department of Biology, with the participation of the Departments of Psychology and Education, has been awarded a 4-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to transform undergraduate science education to emphasize interdisciplinary teaching and learning. The overall project includes a systemic revision of the introductory curricula in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics; fundamental change in science student culture so that students work together in interdisciplinary study and research groups; the creation of undergraduate programs in scientific computation and in neuroscience; professional development of current faculty, future faculty, and, through outreach programs, high school teachers, so that they will be prepared to participate in interdisciplinary teaching and research. A major component will be the establishment of the HHMI Center for Peer Learning (CPL) to be the central site for student-to-student assistance and small group cooperative learning for students in introductory science classes. Peer Tutors will staff the CPL and will join with science faculty and postdoctoral fellows to form interdisciplinary curriculum teams. Each year the science program will designate and support ten students as HHMI Research Fellows who will participate with an interdisciplinary research team on an ongoing research project during the summer.  $1,000,000.

Dr. Donald Clark and Dr. John Donahue, International Programs, have received an award from the Freeman Foundation for a project entitled Teaching About Asia. High school teachers will come to Trinity in the summer 2005 for a series of classes on the history and culture of Asia to expand Asian studies in their own teaching. This will be the third year Trinity has been selected for the program. $84,500.

Christine Drennon, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, received funding from the Southern Education Foundation for the Summer Internship Program for 2004. She and a student researcher spent the summer working in the deed restriction archives of the Bexar County Courthouse for her research on school districts.  $1,000.

Brooks Hill, Department of Speech and Drama, received a grant from the Ann Bradshaw Stokes Foundation to support the purchase of lighting equipment for the Stieren Theater. $5,040.

Glenn Kroeger, Department of Geosciences, has received an award from the Association of Southern Colleges to redesign an inquiry-based studio format geoscience course entitled Exploring Earth.  He will significantly improve the student experience in the  course through the restructuring the sequence of topics and major projects. $7,900.

Glenn Kroeger, Department of Geosciences, was the Director of a summer 2004 project sponsored by the Keck Geology Consortium entitled “Geophysical Survey of Canyonlands National Park, Utah.”  $21,400.

The Departments of Biology and Chemistry, in a collaborative effort led by Mark Brodl, with Michelle Bushey, Jonathan King, Bill Kurtin, Kevin Livingstone, Nancy Mills, David Ribble, Jim Shinkle and John Spence, have been awarded a 5-year grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to establish the Keck Center for Macromolecular Studies. The W. M. Keck Foundation is one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations, established in 1954 by the late William Myron Keck, founder of The Superior Oil Company, the supporting the areas of medical research, science, and engineering in liberal arts colleges. The Keck Center will house new equipment selected to optimally enhance the collaborative research capabilities of faculty in Biology and Chemistry.  The Foundation will also support student summer research fellowships to provide an array of new opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in research and learning across disciplinary boundaries. The Keck Center will serve as a focus of faculty research collaboration, student interdisciplinary research participation, and interdisciplinary curricular development throughout the sciences.  This major grant provides support for the first element of Trinity University’s overall plan for developing interdisciplinary science education. $500,000.

Scott Chapman, Department of Mathematics, has received an award from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled Trinity University Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Mathematics.  This 3-year program will provide support for 36 students doing summer research projects with Professors Chapman, Julio Hasfura, Allen Holder and Vadim Ponomarenko. $188,444.

Nancy Mills, along with Steven Bachrach, Michelle Bushey, Bert Chandler, Bill Kurtin, John Spence, Mark Brodl, Lawrence Espey, Jonathan King and David Ribble of the Departments of Chemistry and Biology, has received an award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to establish 5 undergraduate Beckman Scholars over the next 3 years.  Each student will receive funding for two summers and one academic year to support research in the sciences. $88,000.

Nancy Mills, Department of Chemistry, has received a renewal of support from the Welch Foundation for a project entitled An Extension of the Aromaticity/Antiaromaticity Continuum; Indenylidene Dications as Sensitive Probes of Antiaromaticity.  This 3-year program will provide funds for post-docs and 9 undergraduate students to participate in summer research. $150,000.

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