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    School of Music Summer Music Programs - Chamber Music Festival

    Funding Agency: Town of Normal, Harmon Arts Grant

    Funding Agency: Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

    Illinois Wesleyan University's School of Music will receive support for students attending the Cello Camp and Chamber Music Festival and Camp during July and August of 2014. As part of its 2014 Summer Music Programs, Illinois Wesleyan University offers a Chamber Music Festival and Camp to young musicians of college, high school, and junior high ages, who wish to participate in intensive musical training on the historic campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. All performances are free and open to the public and take place in Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall.

    This funding is provided by the Illinois Prairie Arts and Culture Endowed Fund, and the Hilfinger Endowed Fund for the Performing Arts of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation. 

    The Town of Normal Harmon Arts grant provides for outreach performances to local community members at churches, retirement homes and a public children's concert.

    Congratulations to Lisa Nelson, executive director of the Summer Music Program and Nina Gordon, the program's music director.

    To learn more about this program go to: Summer Music Program's home page

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    IWU's Hart Career Center, Assistant Director, Laurie Diekhoff

    Funding Agency: Illinois Board of Higher Education

    Illinois Wesleyan University's Hart Career Center has received notice from the Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program that funding will be available for 2014-15 to support 26 students in their work study endeavors. The purpose of the Program is to:

    • benefit students academically and financially,
    • reduce reliance on student loans,
    • enhance public-private sector partnerships, and
    • encourage students to seek permanent employment in Illinois.

    This support allows the University to provide a link between academic programs and employment and allows students to reduce their reliance on student loans. 

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    Carolyn Nadeau, Byron s. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies

    Funding Agency:  American Philosophical Society

    The APS has awarded a Franklin Research Grant to Professor Carolyn Nadeau. 

    Since 1933, the American Philosophical Society has awarded grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge.  Prof. Nadeau's project is to publish the first critical edition and translation of Arte de cocina, pastelería, vizcochería y conservería [The art of cooking, pie making, pastry making and preserving].  Written in 1611 by Francisco Martínez Montiño, head of the kitchens for both Phillip II and Phillip III of Spain, it became a monumental artifact of Spain’s culinary history.  Nadeau hopes to bring to light how cookbooks, and more generally the culinary arts, intersect with other types of cultural knowledge and function as potent social, gender, political and cultural markers that both define and differentiate.

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    Noel Kerr

    Noel Kerr, Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Illinois Board of Higher Education's Nurse Educator Fellowship Program

     

    Lisabeth Searing, Assistant Professor of Nursing

     

    Illinois Wesleyan University's Noel Kerr and Lisabeth Searing have been awarded State of Illinois Nurse Educator Fellowships from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. 

    The purpose of the Nurse Educator Fellowship Program is to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at institutions of higher learning that award degrees in nursing.  Only 22 Nursing Faculty statewide receive this award.

    This is the sixth year a member of the Illinois Wesleyan nursing faculty has been awarded the fellowship. Past recipients include Professor of Nursing Sharie Metcalfe, Professor of Nursing Connie Dennis, Director of the School of Nursing Victoria Folse, Assistant Professor of Nursing Susan L. Swanlund, and Assistant Professor of Nursing, Brenda Lessen.

    To learn more about this grant award go to: Kerr, Searing Receive Nurse Educator Fellowship

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    Illinois Wesleyan University

    Funding Agency: The Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund Inc.

    With the generous help of the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund Inc., Illinois Wesleyan University is able to support internship opportunities for students. 

  • Diego Mendez-Carbajo

    Diego Mendez-carbajo, Chair & Associate Professor of Economics

    Funding Agency: PNC Foundation

    For the second year in a row, a grant from the PNC Foundation is supporting an economic development initiative project which involves faculty and student researchers in the Economics Department at IWU. The 2014 project directly involves student researchers to increase awareness and understanding of serious housing issues facing low-and moderate-income neighborhoods in Champaign and Sangamon counties. Expanding on the work done in Peoria and McLean counties in 2013, this project will identify socio-economic and geographical patterns in the most recent wave of residential foreclosures and share findings with community agencies and organizations. To learn more about this project go to: Diego Mendez-Carbajo: Applied Research in Economics

  • Thushara Perera

    Thushara Perera, Assistant Professor of Physics

    Funding Agency:  National Science Foundation

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded an Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grant (AAG) to Thushara Perera,  Illinois Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of Physics.  The project, entitled "RUI: Experiments on Cosmic Dust Analogs to Determine their Optical Properties in the Millimeter/Sub-Millimeter" will provide funding for the study of the properties of cosmic dust from astronomical environments.  In addition to purchasing laboratory equipment and supporting Dr. Perera's research, the two-year grant will also fund undergraduate student research assistants. Research students enlisted for the project will benefit from co-authoring publications/presentations, attending conferences, and collaborating with scientists at larger research institutions. The two main apparatus that will be acquired or built under this project will significantly impact laboratory instruction and infrastructure within the physics department, specifically in courses such as Experimental Physics and Materials Physics.  To learn more about this study, click here.

  • Linda French

    Linda French, Chair & Professor of Physics

    Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

    Adding to the body of knowledge regarding the formation and evolution of our solar system will be the focus of a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded study led by Illinois Wesleyan University Chair and Professor of Physics Linda M. French and involving astronomers from Georgia State University, Lowell Observatory in Arizona, and the Center for Solar System Studies in California.

    The three-year award is entitled "RUI: Photometric Survey of Jovian Trojans." The project involves a systematic study of Trojan asteroids, a large group of more than 5,000 objects sharing Jupiter's orbit around the sun. "RUI" is an acronym for "Research at Undergraduate Institutions," NSF's RUI activity supports research at predominantly undergraduate institutions. The grant will allow two Illinois Wesleyan students and a Georgia State University graduate student to travel to observatories in Arizona and Chile, plan observations and learn observing techniques, and present their findings in national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. As principal investigator, French estimates it will take her two months each summer to complete all tasks.

    To learn more about this grant and project go to: French Leads NSF-Funded Study of Asteroids

  • Ram Mohan

    Ram Mohan, Earl H. and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences

    Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant to Illinois Wesleyan University's chemistry department to purchase a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer for use in synthetic chemistry research.

    Ram Mohan, principal investigator, and co-principal investigators Brian Brennan and Rebecca Roesner submitted the grant proposal. Brennan is an assistant professor, and Roesner is an associate professor and chair of the chemistry department. The grant was awarded through NSF's Major Research Instrumentation program for the purchase of advanced instrumentation for research.

    To learn more about a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer go to: NSF Funds Spectrometer for Chemistry Research

  • Diego Mendez-Carbajo

    Diego Mendez-carbajo, Chair & Associate Professor of Economics

    Funding Agency: PNC Foundation

    A one year grant from the PNC Foundation is supporting an economic development initiative through a collaborative community-based project which involves faculty and students in the Economics Department at IWU.  Funding from PNC Foundation will be used to increase awareness and understanding of serious housing issues facing low-and moderate-income neighborhoods. This project will identify socio-economic and geographical patterns in the most recent wave of residential foreclosures. This information will assist local governments and social service agencies by giving them a tool they can use to allocate resources to both prevent future
    foreclosures and help provide financial and legal counseling to those who are pending foreclosure. Additionally, the findings of this project may be of interest to economic development organizations as it could reveal potential economic development opportunities.

    To learn more about this grant and project go to: Diego Mendez-Carbajo: Applied Research in Economics

  • Brian Brennan

    Brian Brennan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Funding Agency: National Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health

    Brian Brennan, assistant professor of chemistry at IWU, will use the grant in the direction of a project that will focus on the identification of molecules that can lead to new treatments for sickle cell disease. The award will fund research supplies, a new fluorimeter, and stipends for four students to work with Brennan in the lab during each of the next three summers. Funding will also allow IWU students to attend national conferences to present their research findings. "The funding greatly expands the type of research I can do with students," Brennan said. "The multidisciplinary approach of this research gives students a unique opportunity to use their chemistry skills to solve a biological problem."

    A debilitating hereditary blood disorder with few treatments, sickle cell disease is relatively rare in the United States, affecting fewer than 100,000 people, according to Brennan. In West and Central Africa, however, approximately 25 percent of the population has the sickle cell trait and one to two percent of all babies are born with a form of the disease, according to the World Health Organization. The only cure for the disorder is a bone marrow transplant—a procedure that is not feasible in the parts of the world where sickle cell disease is largely prevalent, Brennan said. Current treatments for sickle cell disease typically focus only on relieving the symptoms.

    To learn more about this grant and project go to: Brennan Receives NIH Grant for Sickle Cell Research

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    School of Music, Summer Music Programs

    Funding Agency: Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

    Funding Agency: Town of Normal, Harmon Arts Grant

    Illinois Wesleyan University's School of Music will receive support for students attending the Cello Camp and Chamber Music Festival and Camp during July and August of 2013.  As part of its 2013 Summer Music Programs, Illinois Wesleyan University offers a Cello Camp (June 23-July 6) and Chamber Music Festival and Camp (July 14-August 2) to young musicians of college, high school, and junior high ages, who wish to participate in intensive musical training on the historic campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. All performances are free and open to the public and take place in Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall. 

    This funding is provided by the IL Prairie Community Foundation's Mirza Fund for Arts and Culture (the late Jerome Mirza was a 1960 Illinois Wesleyan alumnus), the Illinois Prairie Arts and Culture Endowed Fund, and the Hilfinger Endowed Fund for the Performing Arts.  The Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant also supports the Summer Music Program. 

    Congratulations to Lisa Nelson, executive director of the Summer Music Program and Nina Gordon, the program's music director.

    To learn more about this program go to: Summer Music Program's home page

  • Brenda Lessen

    Brenda Lessen, Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Funding Agency: Illinois Board of Higher Education

    Illinois Wesleyan University's Brenda Lessen has been awarded a State of Illinois Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

    The purpose of the Nurse Educator Fellowship Program is to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at institutions of higher learning that award degrees in nursing.

    This is the fifth year a member of the Illinois Wesleyan nursing faculty has been awarded the fellowship. Past recipients include Professor of Nursing Sharie Metcalfe, Professor of Nursing Connie Dennis, Director of the School of Nursing Victoria Folse and Assistant Professor of Nursing Susan L. Swanlund.

    To learn more about this grant go to: Lessen Receives Nurse Educator Fellowship

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    Mark Liffiton, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

    Funding Agency: Google, Inc.

    The goal of the Google App Engine Education Awards program is to assist in and inspire knowledge exploration by offering access to the Google App Engine infrastructure to higher education faculty and students for coursework and student projects.

    Dr. Liffiton proposed to develop and run a simple classroom-response system on the Google App Engine infrastructure.  The tool is web-based, accessible from any computer or mobile device with a web browser, and it allows students to give instant, anonymous feedback to teachers about how well they are understanding a lecture or discussion.  Its aim is to ease the feedback process, making students more likely to provide it, and giving teachers a quick, simple view of how the class is going. The application is free to use for anyone in the world, accessible athttp://teachertap.appspot.com/.

  • Irving Epstein
    Irving Epstein, Professor of Educational Studies

    Funding Agency: United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Institute of International Education (IIE)

    Irv Epstein, Professor of Educational Studies, will use this grant to sponsor a workshop for undergraduate students who are pursuing independent research involving food security and conflict, post-conflict reconciliation and peace building.  During the workshop, student will present their initial findings based upon their research interests and receive feedback from professors and fellow students with expertise and interest in their areas of inquiry.  Also, a keynote speaker who is a Scholar at Risk, will be invited to give a lecture, open to all members of the campus and surrounding communities. 

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    Sonja Fritzsche, Professor of German & Eastern European Studies

    Funding Agency: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

    The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) will provide sponsoring funds for the Annual German Undergraduate Research Conference at Illinois Wesleyan University, April 5-6, 2013.  Co-Conveners Sonja Fritzsche, Professor of German and Eastern European Studies and Adam Woodis, visiting Assistant Professor of German organize this event to provide an outlet for undergraduate students from any field of research engaging with any area of German Studies to present their research to their peers and to receive feedback in an academic setting.

    To learn more about this program, see the German Studies conference website

  • Edgar Lehr

    Edgar Lehr, Assistant Professor of Biology

    Funding Agency: National Geographic Society

    Illinois Wesleyan biologist Edgar Lehr has been awarded a grant by the National Geographic Society’s Global Exploration Fund to conduct research during 2012-13 that may shed new light on why the world’s amphibian population is declining.  Lehr will lead a research team composed of U.S. and Peruvian biologists that will study amphibian and reptile diversity, and analyze specimens gathered from the Pui Pui Protected Forest for a type of fungal infection that is impacting worldwide amphibian populations.  “Little is known of the Pui Pui Protected Forest and to the best of my knowledge ours will be the first major biological research in this region,” said Lehr, who was part of a team in 2009 that discovered three new frog species in southwestern Peru.  National Geographic Society's Global Exploration Fund provides support for research, conservation and exploration projects.  To learn more about this research, see A Precarious Path to Discovery.

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    Illinois Wesleyan University

    Funding Agency: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Illinois Wesleyan University a three-year grant to re-center the humanities, reclaiming its position at the core of the University’s liberal arts curriculum. The Re-Centering the Humanities grant will allow Illinois Wesleyan to strengthen existing relationships and establish new connections between the humanities and other disciplines and between the humanities and the community.

    The funds will be used to establish four major initiatives: Crossing Curricular Boundaries, Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries, Crossing Campus/Community Boundaries, and Crossing Faculty/Student Boundaries.

    To learn more about this grant go to: Illinois Wesleyan Awarded $300,000 for Humanities Grant.

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    Irving Epstein, Professor of Educational Studies

    Funding Agency: Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

    Irv Epstein, Professor of Educational Studies, was awarded a grant to sponsor a seminar entitled, "Reimagining our commitment to Human Rights and Social Justice."  This seminar will engage faculty, staff, students, and administrators in purposeful dialogue about ways that a Center for Human Rights and Social Justice would be most effective in serving the University’s mission to prepare students for democratic citizenship and life in a global society.

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    Illinois Wesleyan University

    Funding Agency: Illinois Board of Higher Education

    The Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program has awarded Illinois Wesleyan University funding to help 25-30 students take advantage of the learning opportunities offered by internships at various businesses, government and social service agencies, and nonprofit organizations. The IWU ICWS program seeks not only to create more opportunities for students to link their course-work with their internship opportunities, and in so doing to ease the financial burden imposed by tuition and student loans, but also to encourage social and community service on the part of our students, thus making them better citizens by helping to make it financially possible for students to accept internship positions with nonprofit organizations and social service agencies unable to offer competitive wages on their own.

  • Jason Themanson

    Jason Themanson, Associate Professor of Psychology

    Funding Agency: The National Science Foundation

    The National Science Foundation has awarded Jason Themanson a three-year grant to research social exclusion and the impact of feelings of isolation and exclusion. The research will explore how perceptions of exclusion come to develop, what types of interactions can lead to exclusion, and what other factors may influence the development of feelings of exclusion. Says Themanson, “Profound feelings of depression, loneliness, anxiety and helplessness associated with exclusion can change one’s life, which is why it’s so important to deepen our understanding of the process and the triggers that lead people to feel excluded.” Along with co-investigator Professor Joe Williams and student researchers, he will examine patterns of brain activity during simulated social interactions. The research will explore how perceptions of exclusion come to develop, what types of interactions can lead to exclusion, and what other factors may influence the development of feelings of exclusion. Click here to learn more about this grant.

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    Illinois Wesleyan University, Student Affairs

    Funding Agency: Illinois Higher Education Center

    Illinois Wesleyan University co-authored a grant application with the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) and received $15,000 through the Illinois Higher Education Center to help curb high-risk drinking and promote a safer campus environment for students, faculty and staff.

    The grant will be used to assign police officers from the Bloomington Police Department to work with IWU security during late night hours. Officers will be visible on foot near the periphery of campus, the campus proper and adjacent neighborhoods, in order to deter underage drinking and illegal behavior.  The University accepted the grant in hopes that police presence on campus will allow for a faster response time to crime and a stronger relationship between IWU security and the BPD, one that will outlast the duration of the grant. See IWU Receives Grant to Curb Underage Drinking.

  • Ram Mohan

    Ram Mohan, Earl H. and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences

    Funding Agency: American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund

    The American Chemical Society (ACS) has awarded a grant to Illinois Wesleyan University's Professor of Natural Sciences, Ram Mohan for his efforts to study applications of iron(III) compounds as catalysts in organic synthesis.  The fund, which supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions, rewards innovative research and advanced scientific education with the hopes of aiding in significantly increasing the world’s energy options.  The grant will support two student researchers working under Mohan for the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014.  The funds will also help pay for the professor and students' travel and registration fees for national conferences.  The students will be applying iron (III) p-toluenesulfonate hexahydrate as a catalyst in five classes of organic transformations.

    To learn more about this grant, see Mohan Secures ACS Grant for Summer Student Research

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    Illinois Wesleyan University: Action Research Center

    Funding Agency: State Farm Youth Advisory Board

    The The Blank Canvas Program, a joint effort of ARC and Illinois State University’s College of Fine Arts (ISU), aims to cultivate the creativity of low-income, minority youth in Bloomington-Normal to help communicate the challenges they face in attending college. It includes public community blackboard space at the West Bloomington Revitalization Project offices.

    Blank Canvas will provide four new computers with state-of-the-art design software, digital cameras and color printers to three community partners: the Jesus Coffee House, Western Avenue Community Center and UNITY Community Center.  Teams comprised of ISU Fine Arts students will mentor area junior high and high school students in producing materials that promote college enrollment.  The junior and senior high students will also participate in a seminar at IWU where they can ask questions and gather information from college students.

    To learn more about this grant, see this issue of News and Events.

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    Illinois Wesleyan University

    Funding Agency: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    Illinois Wesleyan University is the recipient of a multi-year award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Information Literacy and Writing in the Disciplines.  The grant has two goals: to support teaching writing across the curriculum and to develop strategies to improve students' information literacy and research skills.  The funding will support research on how students acquire information literacy in their disciplines, training for student tutors in writing and research skills, workshops for faculty and partnerships between library and disciplinary faculty for course revision and development.  The project is a joint venture of the IWU library and writing center.  For more information, please see Wesleyan awarded Mellon Foundation grant.