Erika Calvo-Ochoa and Nathaniel Vorhees receive new award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

Erika Calvo-Ochoa, Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, and Nathaniel Vorhees, undergraduate, recently received a $1,000 grant from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Student Travel Award Program.

This award funds Nathaniel Vorhees’ participation in the 2022 Society for Neuroscience meeting, which includes a poster presentation titled “Characterization of the microglial response dynamics in the zebrafish olfactory system following injury.”

Congratulations on your new award, Erika and Nathaniel!

Paul DeYoung and Belen Monteagudo Godoy receive new National Science Foundation award

Paul DeYoung, the Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Physics and Physics Department Chair, and Belén Monteagudo Gody, HFF Teaching Fellow in Physics, received a new National Science Foundation award for $374,577. The project is titled RUI: Nuclear Science with Undergraduate Researchers: Studies of Nuclei at the Extremes and New Applications of Nuclear Techniques.

Through this project, the Hope College Nuclear Group will continue to study the structure of neutron-rich unstable nuclei with invariant-mass spectrometry at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) and RIKEN. Work with the Summing NaI(Tl) (SuN) group at FRIB and Argonne National Laboratories will also continue with a focus on nuclei involved in astrophysical heavy element production. Finally, the PIs and students will continue to apply a variety of nuclear techniques to a range of interdisciplinary questions with the local tandem accelerator at Hope College.

Congratulations on your latest award, Paul and Belén!

Erika Calvo-Ochoa receives International Brain Research Organization Rising Star Award

Erika Calvo-Ochoa, Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, recently received the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) Rising Star Award for her research on the neurodegeneration and regeneration of the zebrafish nervous system. This award includes a grant for approximately $28,000.

In celebration of this achievement, our colleagues in Public Affairs and Marketing issued a press release to highlight Erika’s accomplishments.

Congratulations on your award, Erika!  

Peter Gonthier receives new National Aeronautics and Space Administration award

Peter Gonthier, Professor of Physics, recently received a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) award via Rice University for $120,414. The project is titled Modeling Hard X-ray Bursts and Giant Flares from Magnetars.

This collaborative project will perform detailed numerical computations of X-ray spectra to develop advanced models for both burst and giant flare emissions signatures.  This project is a joint effort between Dr. Gonthier at Hope College; Dr. Matthew Baring at William Marsh Rice University; Dr. Alice Harding at Los Alamos National Laboratory; and Dr. Anna Watts at the University of Amsterdam.

Congratulations on your new NASA award, Peter!

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre receives a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs grant

The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT) received a $21,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) to support the 2023 season!  Funding will support the six production, three venue season with productions of “Mary Poppins,” “Red Velvet,” “Rock of Ages,” “Constellations,” “Temporary,” and “Freaky Friday.”

Each year, HSRT employs approximately 100 professional artists and technicians from around the country and typically engages over 5,000 unique audience members. HSRT audiences represent a diverse cross-section from communities primarily located in Ottawa, Kent, and Allegan counties and offer a great opportunity to share artistic talent with others.

Congratulations on your MCACA award, HSRT!

Daryl Van Tongeren receives new John Templeton Foundation award

Daryl Van Tongeren, Associate Professor of Psychology, recently received a John Templeton Foundation award via Georgia State University for $212,364. The project is titled Applied Research on Intellectual Humility: A Request for Proposals.

In celebration of this achievement, Hope College’s Public Affairs and Marketing team featured Dr. Van Tongeren in a recent press release.

Congratulations, Daryl, on your significant accomplishment!

Lindsey Root Luna and Isabel Santos receives new Psi Chi award

Lindsey Root Luna, Associate Professor and Department of Psychology, and Isabel Santos, undergraduate student, recently received a Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant for $3,500. The project is titled Value and Virtue Alignment Predict Well-Being and Physiology.

The purpose of this project is to examine relationships between virtues, values, and well-being in an effort to better treat mood disorders and promote well-being.

Congratulations, Lindsey and Isabel, on your recent award!

Deborah Van Duinen receives new Michigan Humanities Council award

Deborah Van Duinen, the Arnold and Esther Sonneveldt Associate Professor of Education, recently received a Michigan Humanities Council Bridge Award for $2,500. This award recognizes Hope College’s Big Read and Little Read as the Michigan Humanities Council’s 2022 Community Impact Partner of the Year.

These funds will be used to support the Little Read’s Young Authors Festival featuring author Ben Hatke on November 17 at Herrick District Library’s northside branch. 

Congratulations, Deborah, on your award!

Kelly Ronald and Natalia Gonzalez-Pech receive new National Science Foundation award

Kelly Ronald, Assistant Professor Biology, and Natalia Gonzalez-Pech, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, recently received a National Science Foundation Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) award for $502,043. The project is titled BRC-BIO: The effects of nanoparticle matter in air pollution on a sentinel species: House sparrows as the new Canary in the Coalmine.

In celebration of this achievement, Hope College’s Public Affairs and Marketing team featured Drs. Ronald and Gonazlez-Pech in a recent press release.

Congratulations, Kelly and Natalia, on your significant accomplishment!

Deborah Van Duinen receives new Michigan Humanities Council award

Deborah Van Duinen, the Arnold and Esther Sonneveldt Associate Professor of Education, recently received a Michigan Humanities Council Humanities Grant award for $15.000. The project is titled Little Read Lakeshore 2022: A Hero’s Journey.

This project will support Little Read activities and expansion into Muskegon, specifically adding Muskegon Area Libraries and Muskegon Area School Districts. The chosen book for this year’s activities is Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña.

Congratulations on your new award, Deborah!