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Faculty Recognition & Funding Opportunities - November 1, 2011

This email bulletin, issued twice per month during the academic year, provides summaries, links and updates on some of the funding opportunities that are available for research, teaching and professional development and acknowledges recent successes.  Please note that this is not a comprehensive list.  For more information, please contact Gary Hohenberger (gahohenberger, x7092).


RECOGNITION

Zachariah Mampilly, Assistant Professor of Political Science, is the author of Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life during War, recently published by Cornell University Press.

Congratulations to the recipients of Faculty Conversations awards for Fall 2011:

Ming-Wen An, Assistant Professor of Mathematics,
Janet Andrews, Associate Professor of Psychology, and
Susan Trumbetta, Professor of Psychology:   Stats@Vassar

Beth Darlington, Professor of English:  Discussing Mythology

Eve Dunbar, Associate Professor of English, and
Janet Gray, Professor of Psychology:   A Conversation on Race and Science

Tom Ellman, Associate Professor of Computer Science,
Stephanie Boluk, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Media Studies, and
Eva Woods Peiro, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies:  Physical Computing for Projects in Art, Science and Media Studies

Marc Michael Epstein, Professor of Religion:  Kabbalah Text Research

Sara Gonzalez, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Anthropology, and
Danny Barreto, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies:  Envisioning Personhood: Issues of Identity and Interpretation

Jennifer Kennell, Assistant Professor of Biology:  Faculty Accountability Group in Scholarship and Teaching

Dorothy Kim, Assistant Professor of English:   Digital Humanities at Vassar 
                                                                 Linguistics at Vassar

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English: The Essay Across Disciplines

Zoltan Markus, Assistant Professor of English:   Teaching Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama at Vassar

Sarita McCoy Gregory, Assistant Professor of Political Science:   College Poll Worker Project: Looking Ahead to 2012

Matthew Schultz, Director of the Writing Center:   Negotiating Hybridity: Teaching and Researching as College Administrators
 
Shona Tucker, Assistant Professor of Drama:   The Adaptation of “Adventures in Atomville: The Macroscope” – From the Page to the Stage




INTERNAL FUNDING DEADLINES

DEADLINE EXTENDED!   
NOVEMBER 7        Carolyn Grant ’36 Endowment
The Carolyn Grant '36 Endowment encourages the integration of experiential and imaginative processes, and other kinds of embodied learning, into the lives of members of the Vassar community. The Endowment supports ongoing education, professional development, and training that would lead to innovations in teaching and curricular design.  Faculty and staff members are invited to apply for support to prepare to teach new courses or add new dimensions to existing ones. The Endowment funds such expenses as: the cost of attending workshops, pursuing off-campus collaborations, the cost of equipment or supplies for courses, and the cost of bringing teachers or scholars to campus in connection with a course.  Grants generally range from $500-$3000.  Applications are due Monday, November 7
More information, application form and instructions can be found at http://carolyngrantendowment.vassar.edu/


SOME UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR EXTERNAL FUNDING
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS

NOVEMBER 17    Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships.  Through its Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_047960

NOVEMBER 18    Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
2012 Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty seek to increase the presence of minority junior faculty (African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and Native Americans and Native Alaskans), and other junior faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities, in core fields in the arts and sciences.  Click on the respective links above to access eligibility and application materials, or contact Gary Hohenberger at x7092 or gahohenberger@vassar.edu. 

DECEMBER 1        The Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation sponsors scientific research in acoustics and, when deemed appropriate, in additional areas of interest that are related to acoustics. Related areas could include any combination of visual and performing arts or visual arts in combination with background music.  For details and application instructions, see http://www.veneklasenresearchfoundation.org/

DECEMBER 5        The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers Science & Technology Policy Fellowships as opportunities for professional development and public service. They are operated by AAAS as part of its mandate to “advance science and serve society.” The aim is to foster scientifically informed, evidence-based policy and practice by involving scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds and career stages to engage their knowledge and analytical skills while learning first-hand about policymaking and implementation at the federal level; and to build leadership for a strong S&T enterprise that benefits all people.  For information and application, see https://fellowshipapp.aaas.org/applications/

JANUARY 26        National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.
http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11503/nsf11503.htm

Multiple NSF funding opportunities are now open!  For a full list, please visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_list.jsp?org=NSF&ord=date

FEBRUARY 25        National Institutes of Health (NIH) Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) support individual research projects in biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty members, and involving their undergraduate students, who are located in institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH research grants.  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area.htm

For a full list of upcoming NIH due dates: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm

Rolling
Humboldt Research Fellowships for Post-doctoral or Experienced Researchers support long-term research projects (6-24 months) in cooperation with an academic host at research institutions in Germany.  Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly at any time. http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/sponsorship.html

National Geographic Society.  One year grants intended as seed money in anthropology, archeology, astronomy, botany, biology, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/field/grants-programs/cre-application/

GRANTSNET: A comprehensive online resource for science funding opportunities: http://www.grantsnet.org/



SOME UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR EXTERNAL FUNDING
ARTS, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

NOVEMBER 17    Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships.  Through its Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_047960

NOVEMBER 18    Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation 2012 Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty seek to increase the presence of minority junior faculty (African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and Native Americans and Native Alaskans), and other junior faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities, in core fields in the arts and sciences.  Click on the respective links above to access eligibility and application materials, or contact Gary Hohenberger at x7092 or gahohenberger@vassar.edu.

DECEMBER 1        The Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation sponsors scientific research in acoustics and, when deemed appropriate, in additional areas of interest that are related to acoustics. Related areas could include any combination of visual and performing arts or visual arts in combination with background music.  For details and application instructions, see http://www.veneklasenresearchfoundation.org/

DECEMBER 1        American Philosophical Society (APS) Franklin Research Grants.  Since 1933 the APS has awarded small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.  http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/franklin

DECEMBER 8        National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services.  http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/collaborative.html

DECEMBER 8        NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. These grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods of a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years. Projects must be undertaken by a team of at least one editor or translator and one other staff member. Grants typically support editions and translations of significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible.  http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/editions.html

For a full list of NEH programs and deadlines, please see: http://www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html

DECEMBER 15/16    New York Foundation for the Arts   2012 Artists’ Fellowships
Artists' Fellowships are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the State of New York for unrestricted use. Grants are awarded in fifteen artistic disciplines, with applications accepted in five categories for the 2011-12 cycle: Painting, Fiction, Interdisciplinary Work, Folk/Traditional Arts, and Video/Film. Painting applicants also have the option to apply for the Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, which will provide two painters with an award of $20,000 each.  For guidelines and application materials, see http://www.nyfa.org/level2.asp?id=1&fid=1

Rolling 
Humboldt Research Fellowships for Post-doctoral or Experienced Researchers support long-term research projects (6-24 months) in cooperation with an academic host at research institutions in Germany.  Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly at any time.  http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/sponsorship.html

Collaborative Scholarly Publishing Initiatives funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The Association of American University Presses has initiated two consortia of university presses to support the publication of first books in American Literatures and Slavic Studies. Mellon funds help to underwrite publication and promotional costs.  For contact information and other details:  http://www.mellonslavicstudies.org and http://www.americanliteratures.org


Questions or concerns about faculty funding?  Contact us:

Gary Hohenberger ‘97  (7092, gahohenberger)
Director for Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations

Amanda Thornton (5309, amthornton)
Director of Grants Administration

Christopher White (7836, chwhite)
Associate Professor of Religion and Faculty Director of Research Development