Grants awarded in 2006

Multiple Departments

Dr. Dante Suarez (department of business administration), Dr. Mark Lewis and Dr. Yu Zhang (department of computer science), Dr. Christine Drennon (department of sociology and anthropology), and Dr. Luis Schettino (department of psychology) received a grant from the Undergraduate Collaborative Research and Engagement Grants Program of the Associated Colleges of the South.  The project is titled “Increasing Collaborative Research through Investigations of Interdisciplinary Multi-Agent Simulations.”  This grant will bring together students and faculty from several disciplines to construct a framework for research that utilizes multi-agent simulations and to model social behaviors of multi-agents in a virtual environment.  $25,000.

Drs. Mark Brodl, Frank Healy, Jonathan King, Kevin Livingstone, James Shinkle, Department of Biology, and Drs. Michelle Bushey, Nancy Mills and Laura Hunsicker-Wang, Department of Chemistry, have received funding from the Merck and American Association for the Advancement of Science Undergraduate Science Research Program to support five undergraduate summer researchers in five multidisciplinary projects every year through 2008.  $60,000.

Dr. Stephen Field (department of modern languages and literatures) and Dr. Donald Clark (department of history) received a two-year grant from the Freeman Foundation to make Trinity University the coordinating center in Texas for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).  This grant provides funds to (1) hire a full-time staff person to coordinate work of the three Texas NCTA seminar sites (Rice University, University of North Texas, and Trinity); (2) recruit and train 25 San Antonio area teachers on teaching about Asia during the annual seminar held at Trinity in January-March, 2007; and (3) organize and conduct the biennial Texas teachers’ study tour to Korea and China (June, 2007).    $310,000.

Biology

Dr. Robert Blystone, professor of biology, has received a grant from the Department of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for a project entitled Thermal Modeling of Millimeter Wave Energy and Heat Transfer in Skin.  In this two-year project, he will work in his laboratories at Trinity and Brooks Air Force Base studying the potential hazards of millimeter wave-based exposure. Two Trinity undergraduates will work with him during the summer and academic year.

Dr. Kelly Lyons (department of biology) was awarded a grant from the Community-Campus Partnership Program, which is part of the Environmental Initiative of the Associated Colleges of the South.  The primary goal of the project is to establish a teaching restoration garden at Mark Twain Middle School in San Antonio to enhance the science curriculum and increase student awareness of the natural history in which they live.  $3,500.

Dr. Kelly Lyons has received research funds to support her project Designing Invasion Resistant Communities for Rangeland Restoration from Braun and Associates, a law firm in San Antonio.  Dr. Lyons will be growing and studying plant species on local ranches in order to study the potential of various species for rangeland restoration.  $3,000

Business Administration

Dr. Dante Suarez, assistant professor of business administration, has received an award from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation to extend funding on his successful Financial Literacy Program to teach basics of financial literacy, mainly to Hispanic students.  The program will continue to be staffed with student-instructors from his Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) course, Doing Business in Latin America.  They will answer questions on general banking and how to buy a home, and make presentations at a host of community centers in San Antonio.  $7,500.

Chemistry

Dr. Nancy Mills (department of chemistry) received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation in support of her research on “The Role of Bond Localization in Antiaromaticity: Aromaticity/Antiaromaticity Continuum for Indenyl Systems.”  This project will provide support for five summer research students working on this project. $207,600.

Dr. Mills also received the CUR Fellows Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research.  This award is given biennially to two CUR members who have developed nationally respected research programs involving undergraduates.  Dr. Mills received a cash award plus funds to support an undergraduate researcher that Dr. Mills will supervise in 2007-08.   $6,000.

The Welch Foundation renewed a three-year grant held by Dr. Steven Bachrach (department of chemistry).  Dr. Bachrach’s project is titled “Solvent Effects on Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions and Host-Guest Systems.”  The grant will provide support for a post-doctoral associate and summer research students.   $150,000.

The Welch Foundation renewed a three-year grant held by Dr. Bert Chandler (department of chemistry).  Dr. Chandler’s project is titled “Dendrimer Templates for Supported Pt, Au, and Pd Bimetallic Catalysts.”  The grant will provide support for a post-doctoral associate and summer research students.  $150,000.

Dr. Adam Urbach (department of chemistry) received a three-year grant from The Welch Foundation on “Self-Assembling Modular Receptors for Peptide Recognition in Aqueous Solution.” The grant will provide support for a post-doctoral associate and summer research students.  $150,000.

Dr. Michelle Bushey (chair, department of chemistry) and her colleagues were awarded an unsolicited gift of $5,500, named the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Undergraduate Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry.  This award provides a stipend for an exceptional undergraduate to carry out chemistry research with an active faculty member who will serve as mentor.  The award was presented in acknowledgement of the environment that the department of chemistry provides to encourage undergraduates to develop interest in the chemical sciences through research.    $5,500.

Dr. Bushey also received a grant from GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. Research and Development, to provide a summer research fellowship for a chemistry major conducting research in the field of synthetic organic chemistry.  The funds provide a summer stipend for the student and monies for laboratories supplies.    $5,000.

Dr. Jessica Hollenbeck has received a 2006 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Faculty start-up award. Only seven of these prestigious awards are given throughout the nation each year by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.  The funds will be used to support her research on a biosynthetic strategy to generate a novel linear multivalent scaffold from designed ankyrin repeat proteins.  $30,000

Dr. Nancy Mills and colleagues from Juniata College, Trinity College, Macalester College, Northern Kentucky University and St Mary’s College (VT) have been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for a Dispersed Research Experiences for Undergraduates project, Theoretically Interesting Molecules.  Over the next three years, she will use the funds to support the research of one Trinity student and one student from an institution that does not have summer research opportunities.  Dr. Mills and her students will meet the other project directors and their students early each summer to discuss their research plans, and then again at the end of each summer, so that the students can present the results of their research. $27,750

Dr. Steven Bachrach, Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, has received a renewal of funding from the Welch Foundation to support his research project Solvent Effects on Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions and Host-Guest Systems.  He will work with two student summer researchers each year through 2008 computationally examining a number of organic reactions to evaluate the role of solvents. $150,000.

Dr. Michelle Bushey, professor of chemistry, has received an award from the Undergraduate Fellowship Award Program of GlaxoSmithKline.  This summer an undergraduate researcher in synthetic organic chemistry will investigate the phosphorylation sites on endogenous ZO-1. $5,000.

Dr. Bert Chandler, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a renewal of funding from the Welch Foundation to support his research project Dendrimer Templates for Supported Pt, Au, and Pd Bimetallic Catalysts.  He will work with a student summer researcher each year through 2008 to develop a new method for preparing compositionally controlled model catalyst systems.  $150,000.

Dr. Nancy Mills, professor of chemistry, has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for her research project, The Role of Bond Localization in Antiaromaticity:  Aromaticity/Antiaromaticity Continuum for Indenyl Systems. She will work with five undergraduate summer researchers during the next three years to develop ways to identify aromatic species.  $216,500.

Dr. Adam Urbach, assistant professor of chemistry, has received an award from the Welch Foundation to support his research project Self-Assembling Modular Receptors for Peptide Recognition in Aqueous Solution.  He will work with a student summer researcher each year through 2008 on a new approach to the design of artificial receptors capable of recognizing specific peptides with high affinity in aqueous solution.  $150,000.

Computer Science

Drs. Mark Lewis and Berna Massingill have been awarded funds from the National Science Foundation in support of their research project, Numerical Simulation of Planetary Rings with Nearby Moons.  Drs. Lewis and Massingill will work with two students each summer for the next three years on these simulations, as well as on the improvement of the quality of the tools available to the planetary science community and distribution of simulation data within this community.  Their results will be presented at annual meetings of the Division for Planetary Science of the National Aeronautics and Place Administration (NASA) $63,570

Dr. Mark Lewis, assistant professor of computer science, will collaborate with colleagues at the University of Colorado at Boulder on a project supported by funds from the NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program entitled Dynamical Models of Planetary Rings.  They will look at different aspects of Saturnian ring material ($177,000). Dr. Lewis will also collaborate with colleagues at University of Colorado at Boulder on a project supported by funds from the NASA Outer Planets Research Program entitled N-Body Simulations of Density Waves in Planetary Rings.  They will perform unprecedented computer simulations of density waves in Saturn’s rings. $283,000.

Education

Dr. Paul Kelleher (chair, department of education) and his colleagues in the department of education received a three-year grant from The Meadows Foundation in support of the Trinity University Principals’ Center. The purpose of the Principals’ Center is to develop leadership skills and promote retention among principals from area schools.  The grant will allow them to hire a part-time director and to expand several programs, including training coaches for principals, sharing networks that identify and replicate best practices, and arranging a speakers’ series.  $225,000.

Dr. Kelleher and his colleagues in the department of education also received funds from The West Foundation in Wichita Falls in support of scholarships for students in the Master of Arts program in School Psychology.  $200,000.

Engineering Science

Dr. Wilson Terrell, Jr., department of Engineering Science, received funds from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) via the Texas Space grants consortium for his project Microencapsulated Phase Change Material (MPCM) Slurry as a heat transfer fluid.  The gal of this research is to construct a test loop to measure the heat transfer coefficient and pressure drop of MPCM slurry in enhanced tubes for use in thermal control of space systems.  The experimental results obtained from this project could be important not only to the thermal control of space systems, but also to supermarket refrigeration, thermal control of electronic equipment and air-condition. $10,000.

Geosciences

Dr. Kathleen Surpless (department of geosciences) received a three-year grant from the American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund for her research project, “Detailed Provenance Analysis of the Hornbrook Formation, Oregon and California:  Testing Paleogeographic Models of the Cretaceous Cordillera in the Western United States.”  The grant provides funds for field and laboratory investigations and support for summer research students.   $50,000.

History

Dr. Eve Duffy (department of history) received funding from the National Parks Conservation Association to generate an assessment of the San Antonio Missions, which will be used to promote the National Parks within the public sphere.  A recent Trinity graduate is working with Dr. Duffy in compiling a report that examines the way the missions’ staff manage their resources and preserve the property under their care.  $3,250.

Library

Professors Barbara MacAlpine and Bea Caraway, Trinity University Library, received a Campus-Community Partnership Grant from the Associated Colleges of the South Environmental Initiative to support a service learning component of their First Year Seminar, Making a Difference for a Livable Planet.  Students spend two hours a week volunteering at the San Antonio Botanical Garden and take a field trip to the Bamberger Ranch Preserve.  $560.

Professor Michelle Millet, Trinity University Library, has received support from Nextbook and the American Library Association for a lecture and discussion series on Jewish Literature entitled A Mind of Her Own:  Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World, to be facilitated by Dr. Victoria Aarons, professor of English, in fall 2006.  $1,500.

Mathematics

Dr. Scott Chapman (department of mathematics) received funding from the Mathematical Association of America to conduct a workshop on “The Many Facets of the Theory of Non-Unique Factorizations.”  The workshop will be held May 20-25, 2007 and will engage approximately 30 mathematicians.  $23,800.

Dr. Saber Elaydi, professor of mathematics, has received funding from the National Science Foundation to coordinate a U.S.-Japan Workshop on Dynamical Systems.  In July 2006, he will travel to Okayama University of Science with 15 U.S. scientists and graduate students and meet with mathematicians from Europe and Japan to discuss recent developments in discrete dynamical systems and their applications to mathematical biology, particularly in epidemiology and ecology.  $27,000.

Modern Languages and Literatures

Dr. Stephen Field and his department received a grant from the Fulbright Foundation to support a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Mr. Adel Lagha, who will teach first- and second-year courses in Arabic during 2006-7.  Although Trinity students have been able to study Arabic through the Self Instructional Language Program, this will be the first time formal courses in Arabic will be offered.  $25,000

Dr. Heather Sullivan has received a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South in support of her development and creation of a new course World Literature and the Environment. This course will expand the interdisciplinary course offerings of Trinity’s environmental studies program with a humanities course that directly speaks about the environment and will provide a more international perspective to the program.  The course will also supplement the offerings in the comparative literatures interdisciplinary minor. $2,000

Dr. Wen Xing, associate professor of modern languages and literatures (Chinese), has received a grant from the ASIANetwork.  Four undergraduates will collaborate with Dr. Xing on the revision of Tombs, Texts, and Transcriptions;  An Introduction to Excavated Chinese Texts, an upper level Chinese major course textbook.  During summer, 2006, they will travel to Shanghai, Changsha, Xi’an, Dunhuang, and Beijing, China, where they will observe original manuscripts, visit archaeological sites, and conduct research with leading scholars at local universities, institutes, and libraries.  $27,500.

Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Dennis Ugolini (department of physics and astronomy) received a two-year research grant from the National Science Foundation for his project, “SGER – Measuring charging effects on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Optics.” The goal of the proposed research is to measure charge build-up and correlation time in vacuum for LIGO-like optics, as well as a variety of materials, coatings preparations, and environmental factors.  The grant will provide support for summer research students.  $37,700.

Political Science

Dr. Mary Ann Tetreault, Cox Distinguished Professor of Political Science, has received supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation in support of her research project awarded last fall, Collaborative Research on the Dissent /Repression Nexus in the Middle East.  The supplement will provide support for an undergraduate to devote summer, 2006 to researching transformative changes associated with democratization and globalization, and collaborating with undergraduate colleagues at Ohio State University.  The student will present his findings at Trinity’s Undergraduate Research Summer Symposium and the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in Boston.  $6,000.

Religion

Dr. Sarah Pinnock, associate professor of religion, has received a Fulbright Teaching Award, sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  She will spend the academic year 2006-2007 teaching in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Latvia in Riga.

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