Grant News

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


February 2016

In this issue:

  • Brett Huggett Receives $164K for Collaborative Research on Drought Response in Trees
  • National Endowment for the Arts Continues Support for Bates Dance Festival
  • Upcoming Faculty Panel: “Writing for the Non-Specialist Audience”

Brett Huggett Receives $164K from NSF for Collaborative Research on Drought Response in Trees

Brett Huggett (Biology), who is now in his second year at Bates, has just received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. The grant, for $164,704, represents Bates’ share of a collaborative research project with researchers at Yale University and involving experiments to be conducted at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts. As plants are exposed to drought conditions, the water transport system can become dysfunctional, leading to reduced forest productivity, and ultimately plant death. The goal of this project is to characterize the relationship between the three-dimensional structure of the xylem network and its function during drought in northeastern hardwood trees in order to determine the adaptability of those networks to changing environmental conditions and to model physiological tipping points and tree mortality. The project will combine experimental measurements with historical data, and through the collaboration with Yale, will utilize advanced imaging techniques and 3D analyses and printing to develop multi-dimensional models of tree xylem. Bates students participating in the project will have opportunities to conduct research at the Harvard Forest while enrolled in their Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, collaborate with graduate students and postdoctoral research associates from Yale, and travel to the University of California, Berkeley to learn 3D imaging techniques. Congratulations to Brett on his first major research grant!

NEA Continues and Strengthens Support for Bates Dance Festival

The Bates Dance Festival continues to receive annual support from the National Endowment for the Arts’ ArtWorks program, this year in the amount of $40,000, the largest NEA grant to the Festival to date. This year’s proposal, “Seeding the Field: Cultivating an Innovative Dance Community,” will bring leading dance artists such as Hope Stone Dance (Courtney Jones), Dante Brown/Warehouse Dance, elephant jane dance (Heidi Henderson), Michelle Dorrance, Kate Weare Company, and Doug Varone and Dancers to the Bates campus during this summer’s festival. Congratulations to festival Director Laura Faure!

Upcoming Faculty Panel

Writing for the Non-Specialist Audience, in Pedagogy, Grants, and Public Scholarship


  • Loring “Danny” Danforth, Professor of Anthropology
  • Adriana Salerno, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Elizabeth Rush, Mellon Fellow for Creative Non-Fiction
  • Louise Brogan, Writing Specialist for the Sciences and Science Grants Specialist

Broadening the impact of one’s scholarship requires mastery of a range of rhetorical registers. Even when applying for funding from a panel of one’s peers, there is no guarantee that reviewers will be familiar with concepts and vocabulary at the cutting edge of your subdiscipline. The stakes of being able to widely communicate one’s findings increase when making pedagogical adaptations for students of at varying levels of academic preparation, or attempting to convey the significance of one’s work to members of the general public. Please join a discussion with faculty and staff colleagues from a variety of backgrounds sharing tips and techniques under the broad heading of Writing for the Non-Specialist Audience.

Thursday, February 11th, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m., Hedge 208

Light refreshments will be provided, so we ask that you RSVP to for an accurate count.

Co-sponsored by Writing at Bates, and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance

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