Grant News

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


May-June 2018

In this issue:

  • Mike Retelle Secures NSF Grant for Collaborative Research on Climate Change Impacts
  • Henry Boateng & David Akinyemi ’21 Invited for Summer Research at Berkeley National Lab
  • Two New Grants from New England Foundation for the Arts to Bates Dance Festival
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at NIST-Gaithersburg for Ben Eckardt ‘19

Mike Retelle Wins Grant from NSF for Collaborative Research on Changing Arctic Climate

Mike Retelle (Geology Department) has received a $258K grant from the NSF Arctic Natural Sciences program for a collaborative research project on the “Arctic Hydrological Regime Shift in a Warming Climate.” The project is in collaboration with Raymond S. Bradley, University Distinguished Professor in the Geological Sciences and Director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. U.Mass. – Amherst received a grant for $502K for the project, whose total cost over three years will be $760K. The research will take place in western Svalbard, where enhanced rainfall (in lieu of snowfall) due to climatic warming has increased the frequency of flooding and enhanced mass movement over frozen ground which, on steep slopes, has occasionally led to catastrophic slope failure. The shift in the hydrology in Svalbard is in response to overall warming in the Arctic, where the increase in surface temperatures has been faster than in any other region of the globe. The planned research builds on work that Prof. Retelle and his students have done in Svalbard for the past 15 years.

Henry Boateng and David Akinyemi ’21 to Spend Summer at Berkeley Lab’s BLUFF Program

This summer, Prof. Henry Boateng (Mathematics Department) and David Akinyemi ’21 will be traveling to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, to collaborate with the LBNL Applied Numerical Analysis Group on a project entitled, “A Method of Local Corrections – Particle in Cell Solver for the Vlasov-Poisson Equation.” Their research is supported by the Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Faculty Fellowship (BLUFF) program, a ten-week program that provides stipends, housing supplements, and travel funding for both the faculty member and up to two students. As a first-year / rising second-year student, David has not yet declared a major, but he plans to major in Physics. Congratulations to both Prof. Boateng and David, and best wishes on a productive summer! For more information on the BLUFF program, please visit

Two New Grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts to Bates Dance Festival

We are pleased to announce that the Bates Dance Festival has received two new competitively awarded grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, for planning activities and for a new performance that will take place during the 2019 festival season. A $4,000 Expeditions Tour Planning grant will enable the Festival to host choreographer Yanira Castro in fall 2018 to plan a production of her work CAST at the festival in 2020, followed by an extensive New England tour. A $9,000 Expeditions Touring grant will help support the performance by dance artist Amirah Sackett of her award-winning piece We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic during the 2019 Festival season. Congratulations to Festival director Shoni Currier on these new grants!

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at NIST-Gaithersburg for Ben Eckardt ‘19

Ben Eckardt ’19 will be doing summer research in the Physical Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, as part of their Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. He will be working on the project “Exotic optical potentials for ultracold atoms” under the mentorship of NIST scientist Dr. Ian Spielman. Ben is a dual major in Physics and Mathematics, and is the fifth Bates student to participate in the NIST-SURF program since 2013.

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