Robert Benedetto, William J. Walker Professor of Mathematics, was awarded supplemental funding for an existing National Science Foundation grant supporting the study of problems in arithmetic dynamics. The suplemental funding will support additional students joining Professor Benedetto's undergraduate research project in Summer 2022.
Rachel Bernard, Assistant Professor of Geology, received a National Science Foundation EAGER award to fund a conference that convenes stakeholders in Washington D.C. for the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark First National Conference on Minority Participation in Earth Science and Mineral Engineering.
Anthony Bishop, Professor of Chemistry, was awarded a National Institutes of Health grant in support of his project: "Target-specific inhibition and activation of protein tyrosine phosphatases". The study aims to expand the range of PTP-domain cysteines that can be targeted for potent and selective allosteric control of PTP activity and will provide a novel strategy for increasing the efficacy of anti-cancer immunotherapy.
Kaylee Brow, Assistant Farm Manager, received the 2022 Local Farmer Award from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, which will support the purchase of a Jang Push Seeder for the Book & Plow Farm.
Jack Cheney, Samuel A. Hitchcock Professor of Mineralogy and Geology, Associate Provost and Associate Dean of the Faculty, received a grant from the George Norman Albree Trust to support the full participation of two students and partial participation of a third in the Summer 2022 STEM Incubator program. Led by Brittney Bailey, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Christopher Durr, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and Marc Edwards, Assistant Professor of Biology, the STEM Incubator program provides students from under-represented groups with early research experiences to strengthen their research and professional skills and lay the groundwork for a career in the sciences.
Guy Cote, Manager of Electrical and Mechanical Trades, received two grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, via the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The awards are made through the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) Multi-Unit Dwelling & Educational Campus Charging Program and they support vehicle charging stations at Converse Hall and at Orr Rink.
Kate Follette, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, was awarded the Cottrell Scholarship Award from the Research Corporation for the project: Moving Forward – Towards Accurate Recovery and Interpretation of Accreting Protoplanets and a Socially Just Undergraduate Astronomy Curriculum. The project aims to move us toward reliably detecting and accurately interpreting the observational signatures of accreting protoplanets. At the same time, Follette will integrate into the Astronomy major sequence at Amherst College activities designed to increase sense of belonging, acknowledge the benefits of equity, normalize struggle, instill growth mindset, and foster collaboration.
Amanda Folsom, Professor of Mathematics, was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for the RUI project: “Harmonic Maass Forms and Quantum Modular Forms”, to study the theory and applications of harmonic Maass forms, their holomorphic parts called mock modular forms, quantum modular forms, and related functions. In addition to Professor Folsom’s research, some projects in this proposal will be carried out by Amherst College undergraduate student researchers, working under Professor Folsom’s guidance.
Jonathan Friedman, Professor of Physics, received a continuation of funding from the National Science Foundation for his project: RUI: Clock Transitions, Coherence, and Quantum Dynamics in Molecular Nanomagnets. The research will study the quantum dynamics of chemically synthesized molecular nanomagnets using microwave spectroscopy. The work will involve active participation of undergraduate students.
Professor Friedman also received a Cottrell Plus SEED award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement for his research on Spin-Clock Transitions in Silica Defects. The research endeavors to understand the origin of a recently discovered “clock transition” in silica samples in which the coherence of quantum information stored in the system is enhanced near zero magnetic field when probed using microwave radiation.
Victor Guevara, Assistant Professor of Geology, was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for the collaborative research project: Understanding the Tectonic and Petrological Processes Controlling Iron Oxide-Apatite Mineralization in a Mesoproterozoic Collisional Orogen. The results of this work will ultimately advance our understanding of the tectonic mechanisms responsible for IOA genesis in collisional mountain belts.
Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, Associate Professor of Black Studies and History, received a Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellowship 2022-2023. Professor Herbin-Triant will spend the fellowship year working on the book project: Spindles & Slavery: Abolitionists, Anti-Abolitionists, and the Business of Manufacturing Cotton Grown by the Enslaved.
Nicholas Holschuh, Assistant Professor of Geology, received two National Science Foundation collaborative research awards for "Coldex -The Center for Oldest Ice Exploration" (with Oregon State University) and "i-HARP -- Harnessing the Data and Model Revolution in the Polar Regions" (with University of Maryland).
Nicholas Horton, Beitzel Professor in Technology and Society (Statistics and Data Science), received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for research exploring the association between common eating disorders and risk of developing type 2 diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Through this research, Professor Horton seeks to understand whether the more common eating disorders, and their component behaviors of binge eating and purging, increase the risk of developing T2D and digestive diseases in middle age.
Larry Hunter, Stone Professor of Natural Sciences (Physics), received a National Science Foundation RUI grant for the project "Searching for Optical Cycling in TlF and Long-Range Spin-Spin Interactions." Funds will support ongoing experiments to measure optical cycling in thallium fluoride and to search for long-range spin-spin interactions.
Jeeyon Jeong, Assistant Professor of Biology, received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant for the research project: Investigation of the Cellular and Physiological Effects of Chloroplast/Mitochondrial Iron Export in Plants. This project will build a foundation for Professor Jeong’s long-term career development as a molecular biologist committed to advancing knowledge of iron homeostasis in plants and as an educator devoted to training next generation scientists.
Jallicia Jolly, Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies and of Black Studies, has been awarded a Ford Foundation 2022 Postdoctoral Fellowship that will support the completion of her first book manuscript, which is titled "Ill Erotics: Black Caribbean Women and Self-Making in Times of HIV/AIDS," which is under contract with University of California Press.
Sally Kim, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Marc Edwards, Assistant Professor of Biology, were awarded a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation for acquisition of an integrated Zeiss 980 microscope with Airyscan 2 and FCS to create an advanced microscopy center. The advanced imaging capabilities of this instrument are expected to transform life science research at Amherst, opening new opportunities for student research and promoting interdisciplinary exploration of the microscopic world.
Anna Martini, Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, received funding from the Water Resources Research Center to “Assess the Effectiveness of Floodplain Reconnection, a Growing Practice in River Restoration'', pertaining to the restoration of the floodplain to the Fearing Brook in Amherst. The funded project included Professor Martini’s hydrogeology class (Spring 21), and SURF undergraduate fellow (Summer 21) in a unique opportunity in which Amherst College students participated in an active town restoration project.
Yael Rice, Assistant Professor of Art & the History of Art and of Asian Languages and Civilizations, was awarded a grant from the Persian Heritage Foundation to digitize the Taza Akhbar, an Illustrated History of the Kings of Kabul. Completed in 1817, the manuscript is the only known copy of this text and includes an unusual emphasis on and rich detail about the urban topography of Afghanistan and the ethnography of its “peoples.” The Taza Akhbar manuscript is a striking example of an imperial-style chronicle; digitizing it will make it available to anyone interested in the history of Afghanistan and British imperialism in the region.
Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a summer institute for school teachers that will examine punishment and its uses and meanings in American society.
Brooke Steinhauser, Program Director at the Emily Dickinson Museum, received two grants in support of the annual Tell It Slant Poetry Festival - one from the Beveridge Family Foundation, Inc., and a second from the Mass Cultural Council. The Emily Dickinson Museum also received a Mass Cultural Council operating funds grant.
Olufemi Vaughan, Alfred Sargent Lee '41 and Mary Farley Ames Lee Professor of Black Studies, has been named a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow for his project titled "“Letters, Kinship, and Social Mobility in Nigeria,1926–1994.” The project is based on about three thousand family letters from Femi's late father’s library that focus on real-life family stories in colonial and postcolonial Nigeria. Guggenheim fellowships are awarded on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.
Amy Wagaman, Associate Professor of Statistics, and Lee Spector, Professor of Computer Science, received a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation for acquisition of a High Performance Computing (HPC) System for interdisciplinary research and teaching. The system will enable Amherst faculty to expose students to applications of machine learning technology and artificial intelligence, and is expected to be used by faculty and student researchers in 8 academic departments.
Karamatou A. Yacoubou Djima, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, was awarded a National Science Foundation LEAPS-MPS grant for the project: "Uncovering and Exploiting Multiscale Structures in Data using Diffusion-based Representation and Optimal Sampling". In addition to funding research, the award will support Professor Yacoubou Djima's efforts to train and mentor undergraduate research students, particularly students from underrepresented groups with less exposure to careers in science and technology.