Grant News

Check out these recent articles about grant-funded research and initiatives at Bates from the Bates Communications team!


July-August 2016

In this issue:

  • Genevieve Robert Receives $199K, 3 Year Research Grant from NSF
  • Nathan Lundblad Coordinates Student Travel Grants for APS-DAMOP with NSF, NIST Support
  • Will Ambrose Receives $5K from State DMR to Continue Bloodworm Studies


Genevieve Robert Receives 3-Year Grant from NSF for Geology Research

Genevieve Robert’s research proposal on “Melt Viscosities in Silica-Undersaturated Systems” has been selected by the National Science Foundation’s Earth Sciences Division for a three-year grant. She has received an initial installment of $136,265, with an expected total over three years of $199,519. Her proposal was a “Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)” proposal, which required that she include a plan for integration of Bates students into her research. Genevieve and her students will study the variability in the viscosity of magma (molten rock beneath the earth’s surface) as a result of changes in chemical composition and temperature, using experimental model systems in her lab at Bates and with collaborators at the University of Missouri. Genevieve is an Assistant Professor in the Geology Department who is entering her third year at Bates, and this is her first grant from NSF.

Nathan Lundblad Coordinates Student Travel Grants for APS Meeting

Nathan Lundblad (Associate Professor, Physics) was responsible this year for coordinating student travel grants to the meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society. In support of these student travel grants, he secured a grant of $12,000 from the National Science Foundation, and a grant of $5,000 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Congratulations to Nathan!

Will Ambrose Receives $5K from State Department of Marine Resources for Bloodworm Studies

The Maine State Department of Marine Resources has awarded a $5,000 contract to enable Will Ambrose (Professor of Biology) to continue studies of bloodworm populations in mid-coast Maine. Bloodworms are a popular bait species for recreational fishermen. While Will is serving at the National Science Foundation as a program director, NSF encourages program directors to remain active in research and allows them time away from the office to do it. This research project is one of several that Will and his technician, Bill Locke ‘07, have continued.

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