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Micro Grants 2011 - 2012

Barbara Krauthamer, Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Krauthamer used her grant to work on a book project, tentatively titled “Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery,” which examines photographs of free and enslaved African-Americans during the Civil War Era. Dr. Krauthamer traveled to New York numerous times throughout the year to work closely with her mentor, Professor Deborah Willis, a leading scholar of African American photography at New York University, on preparing a final manuscript for publication.

James Chambers, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Chambers used his grant to establish a mentoring partnership with a successful senior scholar at a regional institution who also works in his field (the intersection of chemistry and neuroscience). The external mentor reviewed Dr. Chambers’ article manuscripts and grant submissions to the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, provided feedback, suggested new collaborators whom may be interested in co-PI grants, as well as suggested strategies for current and future grant proposal submissions. Dr. Chambers also used his grant to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Bioorganic Chemistry, where he networked with prominent scholars in his field.

Lorraine Cordeiro, Assistant Professor of Nutrition
Dr. Cordeiro established a research-intensive mentoring partnership with a senior faculty member at UMass Amherst who reviewed drafts of her manuscripts and grant submissions, as well as a writing coach who helped her devise a detailed three-year writing plan for scholarly productivity. She also used a small portion of her grant to offset travel costs to Cambodia, where she gathered pilot research data about medicinal tea usage among pregnant and postpartum women.

Alexandra Jesse, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Jesse used her grant to expand her network of mentors in the United States and gain a better understanding of North American research funding opportunities for speech perception by attending regular meetings and presenting her research at the renowned Haskins Laboratories Institute in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Jesse’s time at Haskins led to a collaborative pilot study with a prominent scholar in her field.

Agnès Lacreuse, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Lacreuse developed a research partnership with Dr. Judy Cameron, an international expert on the effects of aerobic exercise on the brain and cognition. As part of the grant, Dr. Lacreuse traveled to Dr. Cameron’s lab at the University of Pittsburgh and obtain guidance on research methods, grant and article submissions, as well as maintaining a productive work/life balance. She also hosted a presentation by Dr. Amanda Dettmer, a Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lisa Minter, Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Animal Science
Dr. Minter formed a Mutual Mentoring network with Dr. Katherine Knight, Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Knight visited UMass Amherst to facilitate two workshops, one for female faculty in the sciences and one for female graduate students. The goal of the workshops was to help explore what it means to be a good mentor and “mentee,” and how to seek out and structure productive mentoring relationships throughout the career span of female scientists.

Eric Poehler, Assistant Professor of Classics
Dr. Poehler worked on a project that combined an online, searchable bibliographic catalog and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping software to create a unique method for searching, accessing and analyzing existing scholarship on the ancient city of Pompeii. He is interested in pursuing federal funding to support his project, and used his grant to work closely with Dr. Bernard Frischer, former director of both the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and the Digital Humanities Center.

Luke Remage-Healey, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Remage-Healey created a mentoring network focused on topics in behavior and neuroscience research. His team was comprised of representatives from three different labs that are currently conducting research that is complimentary in scope, training expertise, and research methodology. Regular meetings provided a forum for the exchange of ideas and critical appraisal of research projects, increased collaborative research opportunities among the faculty, and increase interactions among Amherst College undergraduates with UMass research faculty.

Rebecca Spencer, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Spencer used her grant to prepare a new graduate course on the Neurobiology of Brain Disorders. She attended a week-long training session sponsored by the Marine Biological Laboratories titled, “Teaching about Neurobiology of Brain Dysfunction,” which enabled her to build a network of teaching faculty from the medical schools at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Pittsburgh. She was in regular contact with her fellow session participants who simultaneously designed their own neurobiology courses at their home campuses.

Senay Solak, Assistant Professor of Finance and Operations Management
Dr. Solak designed a mentoring network to enhance his primary research areas (aviation operations management and technology portfolio management), as part of which he worked closely with Dr. Mark Hansen from the University of California Berkeley, a well-known researcher with complementary perspectives on topics in aviation research. By forming a mentoring network with this senior scholar, Dr. Solak acquired a broader and more multi-dimensional view of his research area. He also used his grant funds to travel to the national meeting for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, where he presented a paper on a theme relevant to their common interests.


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