Marsely Kehoe, Assistant Director of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Initiatives, recently received a $10,000 fellowship from the Omohundro Institute/National Endowment for the Humanities American Rescue Plan Fellowships Program. The project is titled Visualizing Textile Circulation in the Dutch Global Market, 1602–1795.
Visualizing Textile Circulation is a data-driven, digital exploration of archival, visual, and material evidence of the global textile trade through the lens of Dutch company trade. Resources from this fellowship will allow for archival research, connections to textile and restoration specialists, and database editing and refinement.
Benjamin Kopek, Associate Professor of Biology, recently received a $19,790 award from the Fulbright Scholar Program for a six-month fellowship at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. The project is titled Preventing the Next Viral Pandemic by Deciphering Antiviral Immunity in Insect Vectors.
The overall objective of this research project is to improve human health by identifying the unique features of the insect immune system that allows insects to survive infection with a pathogenic human virus. Understanding the relationship between virus infection and insect immune system could allow one to control insect to human transmission of these pathogens, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lives (mostly children) saved each year. This project will be carried out in the laboratory of Carla Saleh, Ph.D., a premier virology researcher and laboratory at the Institut Pastuer.
Faculty, staff, and students from Hope College received 16 new Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) awards totaling 86,400 for 2022-2023! Details regarding the individual projects appear below.
MSGC creates, develops, and promotes programs to reflect the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) strategic interests and support cooperation between academia, industry, state and local governments in science and technology in Michigan.
Congratulations to our faculty, staff, and students on their MSGC awards!
Mentor (If Applicable)
Effects of Urbanization on House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) and House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) Songs
Kelly Ronald, Natalia Gonzalez-Pech
How iron oxide nanoparticles impact the auditory physiology and antipredator response of the house sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Quantifying the Utility of a Truncated Eigenmode Expansion in the Collisionless Plasma Tearing Instability
Developing efficient algorithms to compute the exact QED resonant Compton scattering cross section in strong magnetic fields
β-decay intensity function of 54,52 Co
Effects of hypoxia in recovery of the lesioned olfactory system of zebrafish
Experimental Characterization of Constrained Arches for Active Structure Applications
Experimental validation of real-time, weighted control algorithm
Olfactory Dysfunction Following Oxygen Deprivation in Zebrafish
Brooke Odle, Fola Olagbemi
Estimating Low Back Loading using Inertial Measurement Units
Multipurposed Dry Lubricant Surface Coatings from Strain-Controlled Composite Nanomaterial Systems
Understanding the Radiation Tolerance of Halide Perovskite Materials
Kelly Ronald, Natalia Gonzalez-Pech
A NEW CANARY IN THE COALMINE: THE HOUSE SPARROW (PASSER DOMESTICUS) AS A MODEL FOR STUDYING THE EFFECTS OF NANOPARTICLE MATTER IN AIR POLLUTION
Marissa Doshi, Associate Professor of Communication, recently received a $34,200 award from the Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC). The project is titled ORWAC Editorship of Women’s Studies in Communication.
Women’s’ Studies in Communication is a leading outlet in the communication discipline for diverse and intersectional feminist scholarship, providing a forum for research, reviews, and commentary that advance our understanding of the relationships between communication and gender. Marissa’s editorship will span Winter 2022 to Winter 2025, which involves the publication of three journal volumes of four issues each (2023, 2024, and 2025).
Ernest Cole, John Dirk Werkman Professor of English, recently received a $7,274 award from the Great Lakes Colleges Association Global Crossroads Themed Course Program. The project is titled Stories We Tell about Mental Health, Disability, and Trauma: Readings from African and Indigenous American Literature and Psychology.
In collaboration with Dr. Erin Henshaw of Denison University and Dr. Sara Newman of the Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador, this project will develop a globally connected course around the theme of stories, or narratives, and their use in understanding mental health, trauma, and disability. The course will combine the lessons found in the literature of Africa and Indigenous Americas with core theories of clinical psychological science.
David Keep, Assistant Professor of Music, and Greg Lookerse, Assistant Professor of Art, recently received a $17,336 award from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Teacher-Scholar Grant Program. The project is titled Art Helps Faith: Contemporary Music, Visual Art, and Christmas.
This project will explore how challenging one’s artistic comfort zone can deepen one’s theology and spiritual life. Through the development of an online Advent Calendar that features visual art and music, congregational art interpretation events in local churches, and collegiate panel discussions, the project team will engage theological truths, particularly through the incarnation, through the arts.
Congratulations on your new award, David and Greg!
Lindsey Hanson, Assistant Professor of Dance, recently received a $12,000 award from the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs and Arts Midwest. The project is titled Third Rail Projects Residency: Phase 2.
This project will involve Lindsey Hanson as the creative/lead partner, Jennine Willet as the collaborating artist, and Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP) as the community partner in the creation of a community-based performance sharing untold stories of Holland. The project will consist of creative intensives, workshops, and research projects with Hope College dance students and community residents, culminating in a free public showing of a site-specific piece for the community.
Richard Ray, Professor of Kinesiology, Provost Emeritus, and Co-Director of the Hope-Western Prison Education Program, recently received a $120,000 award from Jobs for the Future, Inc. The project is titled Hope-Western Prison Education Program Ready for Pell Initiative.
This project will seek to develop the capacity of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary to provide programming, services, and supports to students in the Hope-Western Prison Education Program. This includes the development of trauma-informed pedagogy and the expansion of financial aid counseling, career counseling, and disability services to students within the program. This is in preparation to offer Pell Grants to students enrolled in the program with the 2023-2024 academic year, when the federal government will reinstate eligibility for incarcerated students under the program.
Ernest Cole, John Dirk Werkman Professor of English, recently received a $3,772 award from the Great Lakes Colleges Association Global Crossroads Themed Course Program. The project is titled Cultural Representations of Mental Health and Disability: Readings from African and Indigenous American Literature.
In collaboration with Dr. Sara Newman of the Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador, this project will develop a globally connected course titled Cultural Representations of Mental Health and Disability: A Cross Cultural Literacy Perspective, which will focus on mental health narratives and cultural representations of mental illness in selected African and Indigenous American novels.
Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, recently received a $540,035 award from the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The project is titled CAREER: Mitochondrial genome regulation by nucleoid proteins involved in redox sensing and one carbon-metabolism.
The overall objective of the proposed research is to uncover biochemical mechanism that control the mitochondrial genome and allow cells to respond to energetic demand and is expected to provide significant advances related to the mechanisms that control mammalian cell function. The educational objectives of this project involve the development of a biochemistry lab curriculum designed for short class periods and minimal resources.