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January 2017

In this issue:

  • Jeff Oishi and Collaborator to Receive One of Seven Scialog Awards for Astrophysics
  • NEA Announces $40K Grant for 2017 Season of Bates Dance Festival
  • Ryan Bavis Receives Outstanding Mentor Award from Council on Undergraduate Research

Jeff Oishi and Collaborator Form One of Seven Teams Receiving Scialog Award for Astrophysics

The Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement has announced seven grants resulting from their October 2016 “Scialog: Time Domain Astrophysics” conference. The conference was attended by 45 Scialog fellows, selected as top early career researchers in the field, who formed 19 teams competing for these awards. One of the successful projects was The Stellar MRI, jointly written by Matteo Cantiello of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Bates’ own Jeffrey Oishi (Physics and Astronomy). As a result, they will be receiving a grant totaling $50,000. The Kepler space telescope has revealed that the insides of many stars are rotating much slower than expected. This grant will fund a detailed investigation of a new idea involving a subtle effect of weak magnetic fields that could explain the slow rotation by efficiently transferring rotation from the small cores to the larger outer layers. We look forward to reporting further on the research resulting from this prestigious grant.

NEA Announces $40K Grant for 2017 Season of Bates Dance Festival

Once again, the Bates Dance Festival has secured the support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), with an ArtWorks grant in the amount of $40,000. The upcoming 2017 season, the festival’s 35th, will be the valedictory for longtime Festival Director Laura Faure. We eagerly await another summer full of dance, education, and community.

Ryan Bavis Receives Outstanding Mentor Award from Council on Undergraduate Research

The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has selected the 2016 recipients of their Outstanding Mentor Award. In the Mid Career category, the award went to Bates College’s Ryan Bavis, the Chair of the Biology Department and the recently named Helen A. Papaioanou Professor of Biological Sciences. The award recognizes biology faculty who excel in engaging undergraduate students in research and mentoring them in the advancement of their scientific careers. Nomination materials highlighted both the quantity of Ryan’s mentorship relationships with students—more than 60 mentees in his 13 years at Bates—and their quality, including 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers that he has co-authored with one or more students, presenting results from research supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health studying the developmental effects of perinatal hypoxia and hyperoxia (oxygen deprivation, or superabundance). A presentation of his research, in honor of his appointment as Papaioanou Professor, will be in the Keck Classroom on Friday, January 20th, at 4:30.

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