Grant News

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


June 2015

In this issue:

  • Second Year of Maine INBRE includes $565K of Support for Research at Bates
  • Will Ambrose Joining National Science Foundation as Program Director
  • Patrick Tolosky ’15 Receives Davis Projects for Peace Grant for Public Health in Peru
  • Daniel Paseltiner ’16 Receives Fellowship for Electrical Engineering Research at NIST
  • Upcoming Grant and Fellowship Deadlines

Maine INBRE Enters Second Year

The Maine INBRE program has entered its second year since its most recent competitive renewal by the National Institutes of Health. Administered by the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories, Maine INBRE has twelve participating institutions, including Bates. As part of Maine INBRE, Bates receives an annual institutional support grant that provides research support for Bates students and their faculty mentors, as well as three “INBRE Investigator” Developmental Research Project grants to individual members of the Bates College faculty: Jason Castro, Travis Gould, and Larissa Williams. Support for research at Bates in this year’s Maine INBRE grant totals $565,205.


Will Ambrose Joining NSF as Arctic Observatory Network Program Director

Biology professor Will Ambrose has been selected by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs to serve as Program Director for the Arctic Observatory Network program, beginning June 15th. Prof. Ambrose will be taking a one-year leave of absence from Bates, with the possibility of an extension to a second year. Prof. Ambrose will be responsible for long-range planning and budget development for the Arctic Observatory Network, will manage the merit review process for proposals, and will be responsible for making recommendations of which proposals to fund.

In support of this endeavor, NSF has awarded Bates an Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement in the amount of $189,916 to cover a portion of the salary and fringe benefits payable to Prof. Ambrose during his time at NSF. During Prof. Ambrose’s tenure at NSF, the NSF-supported research project on “Exploring the role of oceanic and atmospheric forcing on Arctic marine climate from newly developed annual shell based records in coastal Norway” will carry on at Bates under the sole direction of Prof. Mike Retelle in the Geology department. Since NSF allows program directors to periodically visit their home institutions in order to maintain their research programs, research projects supported by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association and the Maine Department of Marine Resources will continue in Prof. Ambrose’s lab during the coming year.

This is a rare opportunity for a faculty member from an undergraduate institution like Bates to gain inside experience in making award and strategic decisions at the NSF, and we look forward to Prof. Ambrose sharing his insights upon his return.


Patrick Tolosky ’15 to Build Public Health Capacity in Peru with Davis Projects for Peace Grant

Graduating senior Patrick Tolosky received a $10,000 grant from Davis Projects for Peace (DPP), a program of the Davis United World College Scholars program. Established by philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis, Projects for Peace provides undergraduate students with resources to test out their ideas for building peace in projects during the summer. For his project, Q’eros Health Initiative, Patrick will work with the Q’eros people in the Andes Mountains of Peru to build a center for preventative healthcare. In addition to the grant from DPP, Patrick’s project will be supported by materials contributed by Baystate Health in Massachusetts, and the efforts of Willka Yachay, a not-for-profit organization founded by Bates alumna Hanna Rae Porst ’11 as a result of a previous DPP grant.

Patrick is also one of this year’s record 18 current or former Bates students to receive a Fulbright fellowship. Following completion of the project in Peru, he will travel to Spain this September as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant.

Daniel Paseltiner ’16 Receives Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at NIST-Gaithersburg

Daniel Paseltiner, a dual major in Physics and Chinese (with a minor in Mathematics), received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to conduct research in the Physical Measurement Laboratory (Electrical) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Part of the Department of Commerce, NIST carries out scientific research on standardized measurement and advanced technology for the advancement of industry in the United States, at its laboratories in Gaithersburg and in Boulder, Colorado. At NIST, Daniel will be working on the project “High Resistance Standards” under the direction of Dr. Dean Jarrett. In support of Daniel’s project, Bates received a grant of $8,442, which provides for Daniel’s stipend, housing in Maryland, and travel between Bates and NIST.

It is also worth noting that this is the third straight year in which a Bates student has been selected for a NIST SURF. Previous NIST SURF students from Bates have been Joanna Moody ’14 and Andrew Briggs ’15.

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