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Recent H&S Educational Grant Initiative Awards

Summary: Spring 2014 H&S Educational Grant Initiative Awards

Between December 2013 and April 2014, the Educational Grant Initiative (EGI) Review Panel awarded more than $15,000 in support of 32 projects.


  • Sarah Rabice, biochemistry major on behalf of the Ithaca College pre-medical society, to bring Dr. Brandon Williams, assistant professor of surgery, to discuss continuing medical education and training, commitment to humanitarian service, incorporating global medicine into a medical career, and the importance of giving back to a community, March 20, 2014
  • Modern languages and literatures department, to bring the Teatro Travieso/Troublemaker Theater company to Ithaca College to perform “Women of Ciudad Juarez” and conduct a workshop with IC Teatro, March 23, 2014
  • Bhavani Arabandi, assistant professor, sociology, to bring to campus Ithaca College alum Dr. Amy Best, associate professor of sociology at George Mason University, to discuss her research on food, youth culture, and the changing landscape of American food, April 24, 2014
  • Environmental studies and sciences department, to support the IC Solar! Race at the Convocation Community Picnic and Campus Sustainability Day as part of an effort to increase environmental literacy across campus, May 6, 2014

Course-based projects and department-based activities

  • Keri Watson, assistant professor, art history, to support the creation of the Senior Show Catalogue to enhance learning in the classroom and give students the opportunity to develop their professional skills by writing, designing, and publishing a professional exhibition catalogue, April 17-May 10, 2014
  • Keri Watson, assistant professor, art history, to support Amy Cancelmo, curator of “Strange Bedfellows,” as a guest lecturer on curating and to critic student created promotional materials, March 18, 2014
  • Patricia Rodriguez, assistant professor, politics, to bring guest speakers from local environmental grassroots organizations to participate in discussions on global waste issues, April 17 and April 19, 2014
  • James Pfrehm, assistant professor, modern languages and literatures, to bring Ursula Heinzelmann, German food and wine writer, for a public lecture on German food from a socio-historical perspective and a tasting of related foods, April 8, 2014
  • Xanthe Matychak, lecturer, environmental studies and sciences, to provided resources to students so that they can lead a workshop in which they teach other students to prototype table-top games using the Arduino platform, May 2014
  • Biology department, to invite Philip Feinburg, Biochemistry alumni (’11), to give a seminar on working in a successful research laboratory and applying to graduate programs, April 10-11, 2014
  • Nancy Brcak, professor, art history, to support a field trip to “Graycliff,” the Martin Family home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, for the senior architectural studies majors, April 27-28, 2014
  • Kathryn Caldwell, assistant professor, psychology, to support the conservation-service learning project and invite guest lecturer, Julie Kulik, for an ecological identity and eco-literacy experiential exercise, March 28-May 8, 2014
  • English department, to support the Global Modernism Symposium, a conference that will bring scholars of modernism to discuss new directions in modernist studies with Ithaca College students, April 3-4, 2014
  • Roy Lightner, instructor, theatre arts, to bring three master teachers, Peggy Hickey, Rick McKee, and Jeremy Leiner, to Ithaca College to provide insight on the professional world of theatre and music, spring 2014
  • Claire Gleitman, professor, English, to bring actor Frank Wood to Ithaca College, where he will take part in a staged reading of Anton Chekhov's “The Cherry Orchard” and visit classes in the English and theatre departments, February 18-20, 2014
  • Frances Gallart-Marques, lecturer, art history, in support of a student field trip to see 'Pompeii,' directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, as part of their “Introduction to the Roman World” course, February 22, 2014
  • Jacob Brenner, assistant professor, environmental studies and science, to support a trip to Doston Park and Bosck-Harvey Preserve where students in “Topics in Geography and Planning” will interact with land management professionals and later apply learned skills to the Ithaca College Natural Lands, February 10-April 29, 2014
  • The environmental studies and sciences department, to support the Ithaca is green road trip, a visit to the Museum of the Earth, a sustainable harvesting trip, and an off-the-grid house visit as part of the “Environmental Science and Technology" course, spring 2014

Research and collaborative projects

  • Keri Watson, assistant professor, art history, to bring Amy Cancelmo, curator of “Strange Bedfellows”, an exhibition on display in the handworker from March 17-April 11, 2014, into a museum practices class as a guest lecturer, March 18, 2014
  • Courtney Denardo, Rebecca Newman, Sarah Schmidlin, Robby Tolette, and Benjamin Tolles, environmental studies and sciences majors, to support the creation and study of self-sustaining aquaponic and hydroponic systems, spring 2014
  • Edward Cluett, associate professor, biology, to support continued research of cholesterol trafficking in cells, February 1-May 6, 2014  


During the spring 2014 semester, the Educational Grant Initiative provided more than $12,500 in “Easy-Access Funds” in support of travel by 80 School of Humanities and Sciences students to conference and workshop opportunities across the country.

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