Stephen Scogin and Susan Brondyk receive new award from the Outdoor Discovery Center

Stephen Scogin, Associate Professor of Biology and Education, and Susan Brondyk, Irwin B. and Margie E. Floyd Associate Professor of Education, recently received a $9,965 award from the Outdoor Discovery Center. 

The purpose of this project is to investigate school-based, elementary outdoor educational programming in West Michigan. 

Congratulations, Stephen and Susan, on your new award!

Reagan Chesnut and Erik Alberg receive new National Endowment for the Arts award

Reagan Chesnut, Associate Managing Director of the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT), and Erik Alberg, Director of Design and Production for the Performing Arts, recently received a $10,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Arts Projects Program.  The project is titled To support the purchase of sound amplification equipment and administrative costs for the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre

The purpose of this project is to support the purchase of wireless microphones and transmitters for the DeWitt Main Theatre ta allow for the application of all actors onstage for both musicals and plays, as opposed to selective amplification.  Consistent amplification will allow better use of the theatre’s loop and hearing assist systems, as well as increased benefits in video and streaming mediums.  This will directly benefit patrons who are hard of hearing, those with hearing loss, as well as those with autism and other development disabilities or anxiety disorders that may require remote viewing of productions.

Congratulations, Reagan and Erik, on your award!

Susan Ipri Brown receives new award from the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation

Susan Ipri Brown, Director of ExploreHope and Assistant Professor of Engineering Instruction, received a $4,000 award from the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation Grants Program.  The project is titled ExploreHope College Preview.

Through this award, ExploreHope will provide the transportation and tuition for low-income high school sophomores and juniors to attend a week-long summer program at Hope College to explore health professions, neuroscience, and environmental science. 

Congratulations, Susan, on your new award!

Alyssa Cheadle and Amy Osterbaan receive new Psi Chi award

Alyssa Cheadle, Assistant Professor Psychology, and Amy Osterbaan, undergraduate student, received a $1,240 award from the Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Program.  The project is titled The Impact of Religious Disaffiliation on Health Behaviors and Health Outcomes

The purpose of this project is to expand the research on religious disaffiliation with regard to health behaviors and health outcomes.  With increasing numbers of Americans disaffiliating from religion, findings from this study will have important implications for health promotion efforts.

Congratulations, Amy and Alyssa, on your award!

Natalia Gonzalez-Pech receives new National Science Foundation award

Natalia Gonzalez-Pech, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has received $321,363 award from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program.  The project is titled MRI: Acquisition of a Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscope for Multidisciplinary Research Needs with Undergraduates at Hope College

Benjamin Kopek, Associate Professor of Biology, Jeff Christians, Assistant Professor of Engineering, and Michael Philben, Assistant Professor Geological and Environmental Science, are all co-principal investigators on this award.  Our dearly departed colleague Jenny Hampton was also a co-principal investigator.

This award will support the acquisition of a JEOL JSM-IT700HRLA field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) with low vacuum, low voltage, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) capabilities. In addition to greatly enhancing the suite of microscopy techniques available at Hope College, the FESEM provides training to a large number of undergraduate STEM students in modern instrumentation, and lead to meaningful data in diverse scientific fields.

The FESEM allows researchers to investigate (a) the synthesis of multifunctional nanomaterials for water remediation and energy-related applications, (b) the design of thermochromic photovoltaics that could lead to improved solar cells (c) techniques for the facile alignment and synthesis of responsive liquid crystalline polymers that will enable the design of adaptive, shape-programmable structures and devices, (d) the morphological differences of functionalized polymer thin films for sensing applications, and (e) the effect of wear on the morphology and composition of advanced lubrication schemes. In addition, the FESEM enhances several areas in environmental research, and in biology. Data provided by this instrument promises to increase the publication rate and funding success for faculty who otherwise have limited access to similar quality instrumentation.

Congratulations on your new award, Natalia, Ben, Jeff, and Michael!

Brooke Odle receives American Society of Biomechanics Up and Comer Award

Brooke Odle, Assistant Professor of Engineering, has been named an American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) Up and Comer! 

The purpose of the ASB Up and Comer award is to recognize outstanding faculty in the field of biomechanics—not only their past contributions but also their strong potential to influence the field.  With this award, Dr. Odle will receive $1,000 as well as the ability to connect with a mentor to provide training and expertise in OpenSim, a software system that allows users to develop musculoskeletal structures and create simulations of movement. 

Congratulations, Brooke, on your award!  

Jeff Christians receives new National Science Foundation award

Jeff Christians, Assistant Professor of Engineering, has received a $238,828 award from the National Science Foundation.  The project is titled RUI: Exploring Nonperorskite Phase Growth Mechanisms in Halide Perovskites

The purpose of this project is to explore how to better develop halide perovskites for long-term durability for use in the next generation of photovoltaics.  This materials research will include opportunities for undergraduate research experiences as well as educational outreach to high schools students through ExploreHope. 

Congratulations, Jeff, on your new award!

Roger Baumann receives new award from the Social Science Research Council

Roger Baumann, Assistant Professor of Sociology, has received a $17,960 award from the Social Sciences Research Council Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Fellowship Program.  The project is titled American Evangelicals, Islam & the Competition for Religious Authority.

This project will analyze evangelical Christian leaders and their positions on Islam and Muslims and how they are featured in public discourse about American pluralism versus populism and religious-political boundaries between groups in the American public sphere. 

Congratulations, Roger, on your highly competitive award!

Charlotte Witvliet featured on The Hidden Brain

Charlotte Witvliet, the Lavern ’39 and Betty DePree ’41 VanKley Professor of Psychology, was recently featured on The Hidden Brain! Dr. Witvliet was featured due to her research on the benefits of forgiveness, for both your mind and body.

To listen to Dr. Witvliet’s episode, titled The Power of Mercy, please visit: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5EqtCJlhcnSlPhOjxs9CRm?si=WaCLkk5STW-uryECATOUKg&dl_branch=1.

KUDOS on the feature, Charlotte!

Trygve Johnson receives new award from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Trygve Johnson, The Hinga Boersma Dean of the Chapel, has received a $12,150 award from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship 2021 Worshipping Communities Grant Program. 

This project will explore the content and metaphor of spiritual friendship as it relates to worship practices and justice in order to promote continued spiritual growth for our student communities that highly values friendship and peer relationships.   

Congratulations, Trygve, on your new award!