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  • Julia Strand,Julia Strand Assistant Professor of Psychology, is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) to assess how visual information about speech affects the cognitive effort necessary to understand spoken language. The three-year grant supports undergraduate research assistants and an educational associate in each year. The results of Prof. Strand’s research team will inform the design of devices that generate visual stimuli to accompany spoken language in difficult listening situations, which may be particularly useful for the elderly or hard of hearing.

  • Dan Hernández, Dan HernandezAssociate Professor of Biology, will serve as a Faculty Instructor with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UC Santa Cruz, led by Erika Zavaleta. The two-year conservation leadership program exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through field research, leadership, and professional training. As contracted program staff, Prof. Hernández works closely with the students to help design and conduct research projects in a variety of California’s spectacular landscapes.

  • Melissa Eblen-Zayas, Melissa Eblen-ZayasProfessor of Physics and Director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, in conjunction with colleagues in academic technology and counterparts at Williams College and Davidson College, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation in support of a project titled “Online Modules for Quantitative Skill Building: exploring adaptation and adoption across a consortium” (#1829135).

    Building on previous NSF projects, this three-year, $290,940 project will support the development of online tools to teach quantitative skills at the ten colleges of the Liberal Arts Consortium for Digital Innovation (LACOL). Prof. Eblen-Zayas will work closely with Jonathan Leamon, Director of Instructional Technology at Williams College; Laura J Muller, Ph.D., Director of Quantitative Skills Programs and Peer Support at Williams; and Sundi Richard, Lead Instructional Designer at Davidson on the project. They will guide an effort to develop as many as eight online modules to teach key quantitative skills of wide value across the sciences and social sciences, to test and refine those modules at LACOL institutions, and to disseminate the modules widely within and possibly beyond LACOL. A team of researchers at Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center (SERC), led by Ellen Iverson, will study faculty adaptation and adoption of these online modules across the consortium. 

    This NSF award is the first grant to LACOL, founded in 2014 as a partnership of leading liberal arts institutions interested in exploring online pedagogies and supporting effective teaching and learning in residential settings.

  • Dan Hernández,Dan Hernandez Associate Professor of Biology, has been awarded a contract with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to participate in an adaptive management project to study the control of smooth brome invasion in native prairies. Prof. Hernandez will measure nutrients and microbial activity in soils of upland prairie dominated by native and non-native species at five sites managed by the Scientific and Natural Areas (SNA) and Minnesota Prairie Bank program in southwestern Minnesota.

  • Caroline Turnage-Butterbaugh, Caroline Turnage-ButterbaughAssistant Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant (#1902193) for her project “Class groups of number field and zeros of L-functions.” Prof. Turnage-Butterbaugh’s research will pursue problems in the intersection of analytic and algebraic number theory, developing new methods for studying the vertical distribution of zeros of L-functions and obtaining new results concerning the class groups of number fields and Landau-Siegel zeros. Her project will bring to Carleton graduate associates who are interested in better understanding the teaching and research culture at a liberal arts college and in interacting with talented undergraduates, and who will work with Prof. Turnage-Butterbaugh on problems related to the project. Carleton students in turn will benefit from attending colloquium talks by the graduate associates and from learning about graduate school culture at research universities.

  • Sarah Titus, Sarah TitusProfessor of Geology, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant (#1917048) for a collaborative research project entitled “Linking slip dynamics to off-fault deformation in strike-slip fault systems.” The research team seeks to develop physical models — using sand, clay, and other materials — to mimic patterns observed in nature near the San Andreas fault in California. This laboratory-based approach allows the team to investigate the importance of different parameters, such as slip rate, which isn’t possible in natural systems because the Earth has already run the experiment. In addition to the physical models, the team will develop freely-available computational tools for analyzing the experimental results, and a module about seismic hazards for middle schoolers that will be publicly available via the Science Education Resource Center. The project supports two PIs (Sarah and early-career investigator Jacqueline Reber at Iowa State University), a graduate student/alum Emily Ross ’17 at ISU, a research scientist in Mathematics (Joshua Davis), and three undergraduate students from Carleton.

  • Caroline Turnage-Butterbaugh, Caroline Turnage-ButterbaughAssistant Professor of Mathematics, will serve as a Senior Scientist on the recently awarded National Science Foundation grant (#1854398) “Focused Research Group: Averages of L-functions and Arithmetic Stratification.” The project is under the direction of J. Brian Conrey (American Institute of Mathematics), Henryk Iwaniec (Rutgers University), Jonathan Keating (University of Bristol), Trevor D. Wooley (University of Bristol), and Kannan Soundararajan (Stanford University). This research will make precise the connection between conjectures about averages of shifted convolutions of arithmetic functions and conjectures about the statistics of values and zeros of the Riemann zeta function and other families of L-functions. The vast research project will be carried out as a concerted team effort. The management team includes five PIs and two Senior Scientists. As one of the Senior Scientists, Prof. Turnage-Butterbaugh will contribute to the project research and to the mentoring of the other team members: junior faculty consultants, postdocs, graduate students, and participants at mini-workshops held at the American Institute of Mathematics, Stanford, Rutgers, and Bristol.

  • Dani Kohen, Daniela KohenProfessor of Chemistry, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant (#1900590) for a three-year project entitled “RUI: Molecular Insight into Cation Motion within Zeolites.” NSF funding will enable Prof. Kohen and her team of undergraduate researchers to conduct an in-depth computational study of the design and identification of zeolites – porous minerals commonly used as commercial adsorbents and catalysts – in a variety of industrial processes.

  • Rou-Jia Sung, Rou-Jia SungAssistant Professor of Biology, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant (#1841992) for her project, “Development of Novel Augmented Reality Tool for Teaching Molecular Visualization in Biochemistry.” Prof. Sung will work with coPI Dr. Andrew Wilson, Academic Technologist for Digital Scholarship,Andrew Wilson to develop a freely available AR-based application that can be installed on mobile smartphone and tablet devices and will contain virtual 3D objects representing the molecular structures of three fundamental molecules central to biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics curricula. Each molecule will be associated with a set of learning materials, developed by the project team, to facilitate use in the classroom. The three-year project involves 5 Carleton undergraduate researchers, Prof. Jane Liu at Pomona, and Prof. Thom Bussey and a graduate student at UCSD. Prof. Sung’s and Dr. Wilson’s application was recently covered the magazine The Scientist, which published a short article on its development and use so far.

  • Laska Jimsen, Laska JimsenAssociate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, is one of 60 inaugural recipients of the Jerome Foundation’s Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships. In collaboration with Prof. Jason Coyle at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Prof. Jimsen creates experimental nonfiction film and video work that foregrounds acts of observation in sustained investigations of human-animal relationships, systems of management and classification, and representations of the everyday. Prof. Jimsen and Prof. Coyle are developing new projects that draw on the history of automation and pose questions about contemporary labor and workplace transformations.

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