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Recent H&S Educational Grant Initiative Awards

Summary: Fall 2013 H&S Educational Grant Initiative Awards

Between February 2013 and November 2013, the Educational Grant Initiative (EGI) Review Panel awarded more than $18,000 in support of 28 projects.


  • Emilie Wiesner, assistant professor, mathematics, to support Phi Mu Epsilon’s undergraduate colloquium by bringing to campus Dr. Sam Northshield, professor of mathematics at SUNY Plattsburgh, to discuss his extensive research with undergraduate students, October 24, 2013
  • Patrick Meister, associate professor, economics, to support student participation in the Federal Reserve’s College Fed Challenge to enhance student understanding of monetary theory and policy, November 5, 2013
  • Cristina Gomez, assistant professor, mathematics, to support “Pedagogy and Practice for the Mathematics Teacher” (EDUC 40510) student attendance at the annual conference of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State as an opportunity to learn practices central to Common Core State Standards, November 7-9, 2013
  • Wendy Dann, assistant professor, theatre arts, to support the Devised Theatre Panel’s special guest Michael Friedman, composer for the original production of “Gone Missing,” hosting a reflection on devised theatre, March 30, 2014
  • Christopher Holmes, assistant professor, English, to bring to campus Dr. Patrick Flanery, author and speaker, who will serve as a special guest at the Global Modernism Symposium, April 4, 2014
  • Claire Gleitman, professor, English, to support Amy Herzog, a young American playwright, joining On the Verge for a staged reading of one of her plays including a talk-back with cast and audience members, who will have the opportunity to ask the playwright questions, April 25, 2014

Course-based projects and department-based activities

  • Kathleen Mulligan, associate professor, theatre arts, to bring to campus Malcolm Hillgartner and Jahnna Beecham, specialists in audiobook narrating and multi-media arts, to give a workshop addressing the performance and technical aspects of audiobook recording, September 24-26, 2013
  • Art history and art departments, to support a field trip to New York City to visit several museums, galleries, architecturally significant buildings, and art studios to enhance student learning in the classroom and expose them to professional opportunities to help them prepare for careers in the arts, September 27-29, 2013
  • Susan Swensen, professor, biology, and Chris Sinton, assistant professor, environmental studies and sciences to support a field trip on the R.V. William Scandling, a research vessel that operates on Seneca Lake, to enhance student experience with on-board instruments and the collection of sediment samples utilizing equipment that is carried aboard the vessel, September 28, 2013 and October 9, 2013
  • Biology department, to bring William Brogan, biology ’07, to campus to present a research talk based on his work at the University of Pittsburgh and give a first-hand account of graduate school to majors and other interested students, October 3, 2013
  • Elizabeth Bleicher, associate professor, English, to support a visit to New York City to attend a production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to enhance the theoretical content acquired in class and support the professional development of the students, October 15, 2013
  • Cristina Gomez, assistant professor, mathematics, for students in mathematics education to visit the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City to promote student understanding of mathematical concepts and experience mathematics in an evolving, creative, and human way, October 15, 2013
  • Enrique Gonzalez-Conty, predoctoral diversity fellow, modern languages and literatures, to bring Dr. Urayoan Noel, assistant professor of English at SUNY Albany, to give a lecture on Nuyorican poetry and show students in “Memory, Exile, and Revolution in Caribbean Literature and Film” (LNGS 19400) how the poetry has evolved through the years, November 6, 2013
  • History department, to support a multi-course and multi-museum visit to New York City in order to augment classroom learning via direct engagement with materials related to the course topic of study, November 2013
  • Nick Kowalczyk, assistant professor, writing, to bring to campus Josh Swiller, author and speaker, to discuss writing as a craft and the challenges of turning personal narratives into literary characters, December 12, 2013
  • Environmental studies and sciences and history departments, to bring alumni to campus as guest lecturers for the Fall 2013 Environmental Studies and Sciences Speaker Seminar: Community and the Environment in order to link students with people in the field and help them visualize where they can carry their experience after graduation, fall 2013
  • Claire Gleitman, professor, English, for students in “Modern and Contemporary American Drama” (ENGL 28100) to attend the New York City production of The Glass Menagerie to enrich students’ understanding of the play and the use of realistic and anti-realistic devices in production, fall 2013
  • Michael Smith, associate professor, history, to support “History of American Environmental Thought” (HIST 27000) students’ introduction to archival research at The History Center in Tompkins County to help them engage in local environmental history by organizing a professional presentation, fall 2013
  • Judith Pena-Shaff, associate professor, psychology, to support the Intergenerational Learning Pairs project for students enrolled in “Psychology of Aging” (PSYC 36600) in order for students to better understand and apply psychological principles to issues related to aging, fall 2013
  • Denise Nuttall, associate professor, anthropology, and Jason Freitag, associate professor, history, to bring to campus Dr. Stefan Fiol, ethnomusicologist and assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati, to conduct a master class on sitar and the Hindustani classical system of raga, spring 2014

Research and collaborative projects

  • James Pfrehm, assistant professor, modern languages and literatures, to support student participation in the Heidelberg Cultural Program International Week in order to further students’ understanding of the German language and culture, October 7-11, 2013
  • Nancy Rader, professor, psychology, to support the psychology department research team course in further examining the influence of mother-child interactions on language using the LENA Language Analysis System development, fall 2013
  • Kelley Sullivan, assistant professor, physics, and Megan Grover, ’14, physics, to support senior thesis research on cell culture, cell passaging techniques, and cell lines, fall 2013
  • Paula Turkon, assistant professor, environmental studies and sciences; Courtney Denardo, ’16, environmental studies; Rebecca Newman, ’16, environmental science; Sarah Schmidlin, ’16, environmental studies; Robert Tolette, ’16, environmental studies; and Benjamin Tolles, ’16, environmental science, to support continued aquaponic and hydroponic research as a sustainable technology, fall 2013
  • Ian Woods, assistant professor, biology, and Haley Coleman, ’14, biology, to support research on the neuropeptide Cocaine-Amphetamine Regulated Transcript (CART) and its role in arousal behaviors in larval zebra fish, fall 2013 and spring 2014
  • Tom Burch, assistant professor, theatre arts, and Andrew Sanchez, ’14, theatrical production arts, to support participation with the scenic design of Actors’ Theatre Louisville’s production of The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance, January 2014
  • Christopher Matusiak, assistant professor, English, to support the creation of an anthology of creative and academic writing by student members of the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, April 2014
  • Steve TenEyck, associate professor, theatre arts, and E-hui Woo, ’15, theatrical production arts, to support student participation as a lighting design assistant to faculty for the Madison Opera’s production of Daughter of the Regiment, spring 2014


During the fall 2013 semester, the Educational Grant Initiative provided more than $7,500 in “Easy-Access Funds” in support of travel by 37 School of Humanities and Sciences students to conference and workshop opportunities across the country.

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