Anne Heath, the Howard R. and Margaret E. Sluyter Associate Professor of Art History, recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend award for $6,000. The project is titled The Holy Tear of Christ: Visual and Performance Culture at the Benedictine Abbey of La Trinite, Vendome, ca. 1150-1550.
Mike Jipping, Professor of Computer Science, and Deborah Van Duinen, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Big Read Lakeshore, recemtly received a $3,500 award from the Great Lakes Colleges Association Opening Doors of Dialogue: Pursuing College/Community Engagements and Partnerships Program. The project is title Deila Project for The Big Read.
This project will broaden the capacity of Big Read Lakeshore to better serve students and educators through the development and deployment of an app titled Deila, which is Icelandic for sharing. The app will allow students and teachers to better share ideas, content, discussions, and other programming across The Big Read Lakeshore region.
Susan Ipri Brown, Director of ExploreHope and Assistant Professor of Engineering Instruction, recently received a $2,250 award from the Holland Junior Welfare League. The project is titled Afterschool Enrichment Boxes.
This project will create up to 50 program boxes to share with various afterschool programs in Holland. Each box will contain enrichment activities in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and earth/space sciences; each box is designed to provide materials for 10 students.
Susan Ipri Brown, Director of ExploreHope and Assistant Professor of Engineering Instruction, recently received a $24,914 award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Community Anchor Award (CAAT). The project is titled Linking Student Driven Data to NASA Data: Authentic Air Quality Data Inquiry for Improved Student Self-Efficacy.
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!