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Micro Grants 2012 - 2013

Gülru Çakmak, Assistant Professor of Art, Art History, & Architecture
Dr. Çakmak used her grant to work with an editor who helped her as she transformed her dissertation into a book manuscript. As a non-native speaker of English, Dr. Çakmak had previously relied on colleagues and friends for feedback on her manuscripts, but her book project represented a much larger, more complicated project. The process of working with an editor helped her improve the overall readability, fluidity, and structure of her text.

Kristen DeAngelis, Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Dr. DeAngelis used her grant to travel to an International Society for Microbial Ecology symposium, a widely attended meeting held every other year, and to meet with her new mentor, Dr. Kornelia Smala of the Julius Kuhn Institute in Braunschweig, Germany. These important mentoring opportunities helped Dr. DeAngelis further her research on the nature of interactions between plants and soil organisms as well as helped her establish a research program in environmental microbiology and microbial biology.

Laura Furlan, Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Furlan used her grant to bring Dr. Chadwick Allen, the Coordinator of the American Indian Studies Program at Ohio State University and the editor of Studies in American Indian Literatures, the primary scholarly journal in her field, to UMass. During his visit, Dr. Allen provided feedback on Dr. Furlan’s book manuscript, shared strategies on applying for outside research grants, and gave a public lecture.

Dori Gonen-Hacohen, Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. Gonen-Hacohen used his grant to work with an experienced local editor who helped him learn how to better edit his own manuscripts. Working with RamĂłn SolĂłrzano, Gonen-Hacohen completed two articles, which have recently been submitted to peer-reviewed journals, and also made significant progress on others.

Denise Ives, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education & Curriculum Development
Dr. Ives used her grant to attend an invitation-only working conference on discourse analysis in education at The Ohio State University with Dr. Jeri Willet, a senior colleague in her department. Dr. Ives used the opportunity to present and receive feedback on a current research project in the data analysis stage, titled "Ms. Wagner's Wolves: The Discursive Co-construction of Teacher Identity;" she participated in a special session led by Dr. Judith Green of the University of California at Santa Barbara; and made connections with many other prominent researchers in her field.

Lisa Lehmberg, Assistant Professor of Music & Dance
Dr. Lehmberg used her grant to present her research with Dr. Victor Fung of the University of South Florida at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. Dr. Lehmberg’s mentoring work with Dr. Fung, an internationally-respected researcher in the socio-psychological aspects, multicultural issues, and international perspectives of education, helped her with her own research data analysis, manuscript writing, networking, and teaching.

Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Dr. Morita used his grant to develop a mentoring relationship with Dr. Christopher Sassetti from the UMass Medical School in Worcester. Dr. Sassetti, a leader in the study of tuberculosis, helped Dr. Morita develop his professional network within the U.S. tuberculosis research community (Dr. Morita recently relocated to the U.S. from Japan). Together, they also worked toward strengthening the ties between the Microbiology Departments at UMass Amherst and the UMass Medical School.

Flavia Montenegro-Menezes, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
Dr. Montenegro-Menezes used her grant to work with a local editor and establish a regular feedback loop for her scholarly writing. Dr. Montenegro-Menezes also used a portion of her grant to attend a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) event, “Cultural Landscapes: Preservation Challenges in the 21st century," at Rutgers University.

Britt Rusert, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies
Dr. Rusert used her grant to develop external mentoring partnerships with Dr. Gene Jarrett, Professor of English and American Studies at Boston University, and Dr. Alondra Wilson, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. Her grant funds were used to host two visits to UMass by her mentoring partners, during which they offered talks on their research to faculty and students.

Dong Wang, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dr. Wang used his grant to network with national researchers focused on nitrogen-fixing symbiosis. Dr. Wang hosted a workshop at the Plant Biology Annual Symposium, which featured Dr. Graham Walker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a speaker and Dr. Jeanne Harris of the University of Vermont as a participant. Dr. Wang also traveled to the laboratory of Dr. Douglas Cook of University of California Davis to acquire research material, learn techniques, share information, and plan future collaborations.

Angela Willey, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Dr. Willey used her grant to work with an editor who assisted with her book project, an interdisciplinary text that spans the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Dr. Willey engaged Claudia Castañeda, an experienced editor with a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies who has written about the history of science, feminist theory, and conceptions of intersectionality. In addition to providing feedback, Dr. Castañeda helped Dr. Willey sort through and prioritize feedback received from UMass and Five Colleges colleagues.


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