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Grants Awarded to Seven Colorado College Faculty Members

Several Colorado College faculty members have received grants recently for work in a variety of fields.

Environmental Science Professor Howard Drossman, who is board president of the Catamount Center, received $23,000 from The Nature Conservancy to assess short-term ecological effects of forest thinning for restoration in watersheds around the north slope of Pikes Peak.  The grant is to support student research on the Upper Fountain Creek restoration project.

The National Science Foundation awarded $41,888 to Geology Professor Christine Siddoway to supplement her existing grant of $145,260 for research in West Antarctica.

A committee of deans from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest awarded $107,000 to History Professor Susan Ashley, Assistant Professor of Classics Sanjaya Thakur, and Geology Professor Christine Siddoway to support an ACM Seminar in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning.  The seminar, “Mediterranean Trivium:  Earth, Sea, and Culture,” is scheduled for the summer of 2013 and includes 10 days in Italy.

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded $126,000 to Associate Professor of Anthropology Sarah Hautzinger and visiting professor Jean Scandlyn, a research assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Denver.  The grant will help Hautzinger and Scandlyn finish their book, “Beyond PTSD: Reckoning the Post-9/11 Wars from the Homefront,” which examines the impact of multiple deployments on soldiers, their families, and surrounding communities.

The National Science Foundation awarded Geology Professor Paul Myrow $159,070 for his part of a collaborative study, with a colleague at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of the mechanisms by which wave ripples in sand respond to changes in wave conditions.  The study will include laboratory wave tank experiments and numerical simulations of ripples. His study will compare these results with ancient ripples in rock outcrops and modern ripples on tidal flats in several field sites.  The award will help support a full-year sabbatical for Myrow in the 2014-2015 academic year.

The National Institute of Justice awarded $339,000 to Assistant Professor of Political Science Professor Dana Wittmer and two colleagues at Northeastern University and Texas Christian University.  The project involves identifying effective programs and practices to counter human trafficking.  The award is the first for Colorado College from the National Institute of Justice.