GSAC Afterschool, Latino Series, Video Projects Supported

The Green Street Arts Center received a grant worth $12,500 from the Bissell Foundation in support of the GSAC AfterSchool Program; a $500 award for the Summer Video Project from the Middletown Commission on the Arts & Cultural Activities; and a $200 award from the New England Foundation for the Arts to support the fall 2008 GSAC Latino Series.

Chernoff Receives Nature Conservancy Grant

Barry Chernoff, professor of biology, Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, director of the environmental studies certificate program, received a $6,950 renewal award  to support his continued research of Fish and Benthic Invertebrate Assemblages-Zemko Dam from the Nature Conservancy.

Imai Receives FDIC Research Grant

Masami Imai, assistant professor of economics, assistant professor of East Asian Studies, received a research grant from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Center for Financial Research for a proposal titled “Real Effects of Finance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Japan” on April 30.

Naegele Co-Recipient of Fragile X Grant

Janice Naegele, professor of neuroscience and behavior, professor and chair of biology, is the co-recipient of a grant from the Fragile X Foundation worth $69,450 for the “Role of STEP in Fragile X Syndrome.” The grant was awarded May 1. Fragile X is the most common inherited cause of mental impairment and the most common known cause of autism. About 25 percent of children with Fragile X have seizures and epilepsy. The grant will support research on the causes and potential treatments for epilepsy in a mouse model of Fragile X. In addition to the grant, Professor Naegele and her collaborators were invited to participate in the FRAXA Research Foundation Investigators Meeting in September 2008 in Durham, N.H.

NIH Renews Biophysics Training Support

David Beveridge, the University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics, professor of chemistry, received a National Institutes of Health grant renewal to support the Molecular Biophysics Training Program. Wesleyan is the only liberal arts college to have such a program. The grant will support the program for an additional three years.

Burke, Sultan Awarded Grant from Eppley Foundation

Ann Burke, associate professor of biology, and Sonia Sultan, professor of biology, received individual grants from the Eppley foundation for research. The Eppley Foundation for Research supports advanced post-doctoral work in the physical and biological sciences, computer science, social sciences, and educational programs. Burke’s grant, worth $32,442, will help to support her postdoctoral research fellow, Rebecca Shearman. Sultan’s grant, worth $25,000, provides support while she writes a book.