Grants awarded in 2007

Multiple Departments / Institutional

Trinity received a four-year $878,812 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to start a McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The McNair Scholars program will target low-income and first-generation college students and students from demographic groups traditionally under-represented in higher education. The program is designed to prepare participants to enter and be successful in research fields by getting them involved in research early in their undergraduate studies and by introducing them to academic careers. The grant proposal was written by a team led by Mark Brodl (Biology) and Wilson Terrell Jr. (Engineering Science). Trinity’s McNair Program will be directed by Michael Soto (English). This grant is part of the Department of Education’s TRIO programs, which include Upward Bound.

David Ribble (Biology) and Saber Elaydi (Mathematics) were awarded $2,500 by the Associated Colleges of the South to support the development of a Scientific Computing Lab Manual and Lecture Notes for an interdisciplinary course titled “Mathematical Models in the Life Sciences”. A Trinity student will assist Drs. Ribble and Elaydi in preparing and rehearsing twelve laboratory experiments for use in the class.


Kelly Lyons received $1,170 from the Associated Colleges of the South to supplement an existing grant to restore a Community Garden at Mark Twain Middle School. This supplement will support an intern to help maintain the garden.


Dr. Bert Chandler has received a Teacher-Scholar award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Only six other scientists from around the country received this award this year. Dr. Chandler will receive $60,000 in support of his research.

Dr. Chandler also received an ACS-PRF Undergraduate Faculty Sabbatical Grant from the American Chemical Society. This grant will provide $50,000 to support Chandler during his Faculty Development Leave next year.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $108,620 for the “Acquisition of a Circular Dichroism Spectropolarimeter with Stopped-Flow Detection for Undergraduate Research.” Faculty who co-authored the proposal, and who expect to use the new equipment in research and teaching, include Adam Urbach, Bert Chandler, Frank Healy, Jessica Hollenbeck and Laura Hunsicker-Wang.

The Chemistry department received $5,500 from the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation to support an undergraduate researcher. The award supported Trinity student Lisa Heitmann, who worked with Adam Urbach during the summer 2007 research program.

Laura Hunsicker-Wang will receive $150,000 over three years from the Welch Foundation to study mutant Rieske and Rieske-type proteins. This grant will support 4 student researchers over the next three summers. In addition, the grant will support a Post-doctoral fellow and the purchase of equipment and supplies.

Nancy Mills received $5,000 from the Associated Colleges of the South to develop a Forensic Science Course for non-majors. The course will engage students outside the sciences in laboratory activities employed by law enforcement officials and popularized by high-profile court cases like the O.J. Simpson trial and police dramas like “CSI”.

Nancy Mills will receive $150,000 over three years from the Welch Foundation to study antiaromatic dicanions and dications. This grant will support two undergraduate researchers in each of the next three summers. It will also support a post-doctoral fellow for three years.

Christopher Pursell received $8,500 from the Welch Foundation to complete a study of Hydrogen Bonding Solids.


Tim O’Sullivan has received a $25,350 fellowship from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation to support a book project titled Romans Walking: Identities in Motion. He will spend the 2007-08 academic year writing and doing research.


KRTU received $5,000 from the San Antonio Area Foundation to support the station’s Growing Jazz in San Antonio Program. Growing Jazz in San Antonio is the radio station’s signature initiative to educate and cultivate the next generation of jazz music fans. The grant was awarded through the SAAF from the Ruth Lang Charitable Fund and the Dan and Gloria Oppenheimer Fund.

Robert Huesca was awarded $2,500 by the Associated Colleges of the South to support a workshop on the history of the Chicano Movement. The workshop will be held on April 14. Visiting speakers will include 1950 Trinity graduate Joe Bernal, United Farm Workers organizer Carlos Guerra, UTSA political scientist Rodolfo Rosales, musician and writer Juan Tejeda and author Carmen Tafolla.

Engineering Science

Wilson Terrell has received $7,200 from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. to supervise students in a Senior Design Project. Selected students will work with Dr. Terrell in building a secondary loop system to test various heat transfer fluids in heat exchangers. The system will be used for future thermal fluid elective courses, heat transfer/fluid mechanics courses and undergraduate research.


John J. McCusker has received a fellowship (amount undisclosed) from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of his research on the Atlantic Sugar Trade using business periodicals.

Alida Metcalf has been awarded 1,400 Euros by the Luso-American Development Foundation to conduct archival research in Portugal this summer. Metcalf seeks to gather evidence in support of her hypothesis that the long-anonymous cartographer of the famous Cantino Map was Pedro Reinel. This research will influence her Fall 2007 First-Year Seminar in Cartography.


Scott Chapman received $23,800 from the National Science Foundation to sponsor a Mathematics Association of America PREP Workshop titled “The Art of Factorization in Multiplicative Structures”. The workshop was held in May 2007 with 30 participants in attendance.

The National Science Foundation awarded Scott Chapman and the Trinity Mathematics department $261,154 to be paid over three years for a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. In each of the next three years, twelve students will be selected from around the country to carry out research with Trinity Mathematics faculty.


Carolyn Becker was awarded $227,923 by the National Institutes of Health to assess the effectiveness of a dissonance eating disorder prevention progam among female college athletes. The project will span three years and will extend a prior study of Trinity sorority members to the Trinity athlete population.

Luis Schettino received $6,500 from the Associated Colleges of the South to aid in redesigning his neuroscience course (NEUR 2310/2110). The course will be reworked to include Trinity’s Common Curriculum standards and to make the course more accessible to non-science majors. A Trinity student will assist Dr. Schettino in devising and testing computer simulations for use in the course.


John Donahue, Christine Drennon, and Amy Stone received a grant of $7,500 to be paid out over three years to support community based research projects that will be carried out by Sociology, Anthropology and Urban Studies students. The grant is part of the Community-based Research Networking Initiative administered by Princeton University and the Bonner Foundation through Learn & Serve America. Students in three SOAN courses will participate in the funded project each spring semester from 2008 to 2010. The planned projects include an assessment of services offered to homeless individuals in San Antonio, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of Trinity’s own Upward Bound program.

Amy Stone received $3,000 from the American Sociological Association to purchase recording equipment and software to enhance a study on Homelessness in San Antonio. The project will be co-directed by Drs. Donahue and Drennon. Students in three SOAN courses will participate in this project in spring 2008. The San Antonio Regional Alliance for the Homeless is the community partner.

Trinity University Press

Barbara Ras, Director of the Trinity University Press, received $125,000 from an anonymous family foundation to assist with the development of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape and another grant pf $150,000 from the Kendeda Foundation to support marketing of the book.


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