Foundation Funds 2 CFA Dance Company Performances

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) National Dance Project awarded Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts with a $10,000 grant on May 7. The grant will support two presentations of “Times Bones” by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in January 2014. Lead funding for this project comes from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Hussain ’13 Receives Roosevelt Institute Research Grant

Sophia Hussain '13

Sophia Hussain ’13

History major Sophia Hussain ’13 received a $500 grant from the Grants Award Committee of the Roosevelt Institute.

According to David Woolner, Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, “the Roosevelt Institute does not normally grant awards to undergraduate students, but given the quality of Sophia’s proposal, which was excellent, we decided to make an exception in [her] case.”

The award is meant to assist Hussain’s research at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.


Liberty Bank Foundation Supports Kindergarten Kickstart

The Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded a grant of $30,000 over three years to support the Kindergarten Kickstart program, a summer pre-K program that is a collaborative partnership between Assistant Professor of Psychology Anna Shusterman’s lab, MacDonough Elementary School, North End Action Team (NEAT), and the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Family Resource Center. The program was piloted for the first time last summer at MacDonough.
The grant will provide about 50 percent of the program’s operating cost for each of the next three years, and allow the program to expand to two locations. Each site will be staffed by three Wesleyan students and one certified teacher with experience in the Middletown elementary schools.
Read more about the Kindergarten Kickstart program in this Wesleyan Connection story.

NSF Supports Holmes’ Gene Expression Research

Scott Holmes, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, received a $5,125 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates supplement to enhance his current grant, which supports research titled, “Epigenetic Silencing of Gene Expression in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.”

Naegele Received NIH Award for Epilepsy Research

Janice Naegele, professor of biology, professor of neuroscience and behavior, received a $484,788 National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award for her work on “Stem Cell Transplation for Epilepsy” in 2013.

Mukerji Receives NSF Grant for Holliday Junctions Study

Ishita Mukerji, dean of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics division, and professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, has received a $6,750 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates supplement to enhance her current grant supporting research, “Structure and Function of Holliday Junctions Complexed With Proteins Probed by Fluorescence and UV Raman Spectroscopic Methods.”

KECK Funds Island Ecosystem Water-Level Change Study

Kim Diver, visiting assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, received an $18,500 grant from the KECK Geology Consortium on Jan. 15. The award will support an undergraduate research program on “GIS Approach to Water-Level Change: Potential Effects of Water-Level Changes on Island Ecosystems,” this summer.

Hartford Foundation Supports Center for Prison Education

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving presented a $5,000 grant to Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education program. The grant will support the center through Dec. 9, 2013. The grant was made possible through the generosity of the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation.

DECD, NEA Support HOT Schools Program

On Feb. 15, The Green Street Arts Center was awarded a $350,000 grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts to administer Connecticut’s Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools Program throughout the state.

DECD Supports Green Street Arts Center After School Program

Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center received a $5,000 grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, on Jan. 17. The award will support the center’s Arts and Science After School Program through Dec. 31, 2013. The Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

CFA Receives Engaging Dance Audience Award, Dance Series Funding

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts received a $42,660 grant from Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. The CFA is one of 20 member organizations across the country awarded funding for “Round Two of Engaging Dance Audiences,” the first national funding program for audience engagement practices focused specifically on the art form of dance.

The award will support two new CFA programs: the DanceLink Fellowship Program, in which Wesleyan students will intern with three professional dance companies during the summer, and then serve as ambassadors for the companies when they are presented on campus during the 2013–2014 Breaking Ground Dance Series; and Dine/Dance/Discover, a new event to take place before and after Breaking Ground Dance Series performances, incorporating dance workshops featuring movements from those performances, dinners facilitated by the DanceLink Fellows and Wesleyan faculty members, and post-show discussions.

Engaging Dance Audiences is administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The selected organizations were chosen from 57 applications through a rigorous review by a national peer panel. Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts is the only dance presenter in Connecticut to receive support from Dance/USA, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts dance program.

CFMC Supports Wesleyan’s Program for Student College Success

Wesleyan’s Program for Student College Success received a grant of $2,500 from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County on Jan. 7. The funds will support the four-week summer session and 40 weeks of academic-year programming that help first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students successfully transition into college.