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Thirteen Groups of Duke Faculty Receive Intellectual Community Planning Grants

Provost Sally Kornbluth and Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies Ed Balleisen are pleased to announce thirteen awards for Intellectual Community Planning Grants to support groups of faculty who want to pursue the development of a new or nascent collaboration.

In Duke’s rich culture of collaboration, many scholars are already working together on a broad range of projects—and new ideas are constantly bubbling up. These small awards, ranging from $3,500 to $5,000, will assist awardees in building collaborations in exciting intellectual areas.

It is envisioned that these awards will spark new areas of inquiry and bring together new collaborative groups. “The outcome is important,” said Kornbluth. “It’s not just about getting together for coffee, but about discovering or creating something together and moving it forward.” Recognizing that the availability of established lines of grant funding varies greatly by discipline, Kornbluth said that valued outcomes include “a course, a shared research project, an extra- or co-curricular offering or quite simply a plan for sustained interactions.”

“Our intent was for the collective set of recipients to reflect the richness of intellectual approaches and modes of inquiry that make Duke such a vibrant university,” said Balleisen. “We were pleased to be able to support proposals that incorporate faculty from fifteen departments and programs in Arts & Sciences, eight schools, and three university-wide institutes and initiatives.

The second round of proposals for this funding opportunity will be due on February 8 for use during the 2015-16 academic year. Details will be circulated to faculty in early January.

Intellectual Community Planning Grant Awards

Women in Quantitative Sciences

Computer Science: Susan Rodger
Mathematics: Emily Braley, Sarah SchottLillian Pierce
Statistical Science: Mine Cetinkarya-RundelMerlise Clyde, Katherine Heller

Building a Triangle African Humanities Seminar

Cultural Anthropology & Music: Louise Meintjes
History: Janet Ewald, Bruce Hall
Global Health: Kearsley (Karrie) Stewart
International Comparative Studies: Catherine Mathers

Physical Biology of Organisms

Biology: Sheila Patek, Steven Vogel
Evolutionary Anthropology: Daniel SchmittChristine Wall
Mechanical Engineering: Adrian Bejan
Orthopaedic Surgery: Andrea Taylor
In collaboration with faculty from NCCU, NC State and UNC Chapel Hill

Religious Faith, Environmental Concern, and Public Policy

Divinity: David TooleNorman Wirzba
Law: Jedediah PurdyJonathan Wiener
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions: Jonas Monast, Brian MurrayTim Profeta

Environmental Justice

Economics: Chris Timmins
Kenan Institute for Ethics: Suzanne Katzenstein
Law: Matthew Adler
Nicholas School of the Environment: Elizabeth AlbrightDalia Patino-EchevarriDeborah Gallagher, Megan Mullin, Elizabeth Shapiro-GarzaErika Weinthal

Ultrasound Technologies

Biomedical Engineering: Kathy NightingaleMark PalmeriGregg Trahey
In collaboration with faculty from UNC Chapel Hill and NC State

The Lives of Religious Books

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies: Ellen McLarney
Classical Studies: Clare Woods
Divinity: Maria Doerfler, Jennie Grillo
Religious Studies: Marc BrettlerLaura Lieber
Romance Studies: Martin Eisner

Philanthropy in Comparative Contexts: Learning and Giving

Economics: Crauford Goodwin
History: Sumathi Ramaswamy
Kenan Institute for Ethics: Suzanne Katzenstein
Law: Guy Charles, Maggie Lemos
Sanford School of Public Policy: Kristin Goss

Hybrid Organizations: Institutions of Power between the Public and the Private

Fuqua School of Business: Aaron Chatterji
History: Phil Stern
Kenan Institute for Ethics: Suzanne Katzenstein
Law: Rachel BrewsterBarak Richman
Nicholas School of the Environment: Erika Weinthal
Political Science: Tim Büthe
Romance Studies: Elvira Vilches
Sanford School of Public Policy: Tana Johnson

Counting Justice: The Social Matter of Statistics

Cultural Anthropology: Diane Nelson
Mathematics: Paul Bendich
Statistical Science: Sayan Mukherjee
Women’s Studies: Gabriel RosenbergAra Wilson

Human Rights Archive Acquisition

Cultural Anthropology: Robin KirkRebecca Stein
Library: Danette Pachtner, Patrick Stawski
Nicholas School of the Environment: Erika Weinthal

Open-Source Platform for Advancing the Capabilities and Applications of 3D Printing at Duke

Chemistry: Benjamin Wiley
Electrical & Computer Engineering: Steven Cummer, Michael GehmJeff Glass
Radiology: Joseph Lo

Many thanks to the Dean of Humanities and to the Vice Provosts of Academic Affairs, Arts and Library for participating in the review of the proposals.