Grants demonstrate the confidence others have in Earlham's scholarship and the value of an Earlham degree.
Professor of Music Marc Benamou received a three-year Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant of $290,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his project “Javanese Sung Poetry in Translation.” With collaborators in Indonesia and the U.S., Benamou is developing a searchable database, website and print publication of Javanese gamelan song texts, translated into both Indonesian and English, for use by gamelan ensembles throughout the world.
Professor Emeritus of Biology John Iverson received National Science Foundation funding through a sub-award from Iowa State University. The award of $94,044 funds “Climate change and environmental sex determination in a geographically widespread species,” part of a long-term collaborative project that supports Iverson’s research with Earlham students in the Sand Hills of Nebraska for three summers. Students monitor several species of nesting turtles, and capture, measure, mark and release each female, while also recording microhabitat data at each nest site.
Earlham was awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Education beginning October 2013 to further develop the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program over a five-year period. The McNair program began at Earlham in 2009 and prepares low-income, first generation and underrepresented students for graduate study by providing programming and research opportunities.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Lori Watson and collaborators at other institutions including Hope and Reed colleges received a four-year, $437,962 grant from the National Science Foundation to further the work of the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC). The current grant expands the network’s website and social networking hub and funds four weeklong summer workshops and ancillary activities that introduce faculty to cutting-edge topics in several subfields of inorganic chemistry, develop at least 100 high quality teaching resources in conjunction with research experts, and disseminate these materials to the global inorganic teaching community.
In June 2012 Earlham College received a $525,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue development of its Middle East Studies Program and broaden internationalization on campus and in the curriculum. The grant strengthens instruction in Middle East history and the Arabic language and supports joint faculty-student research activity.
The National Science Foundation awarded Assistant Professor of Biology Chris Smith, Associate Professor of Biology Peter Blair, Professor of Computer Science Charlie Peck and colleagues at Indiana University-East a $168,739 grant for their project, “Using metagenomics to realize an education partnership and stimulate curriculum development.” The project has engaged students at both institutions in collecting soil samples from farm fields around Richmond and from the soil under the receding edges of glaciers in Iceland. Students have been helping to extract DNA from the samples that is then processed, sequenced and analyzed. In addition, curriculum modules in metagenomics based on these data sets are being built and tested at Earlham.