Grant News

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


July 2017

In this issue:

  • Incoming Neuroscience Faculty Member Michelle Greene Receives $304K NSF Grant
  • Katy Ott a Recipient of Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians
  • Bates Museum of Art Receives $19K Grant from the Coby Foundation
  • Sponsored Programs to Expand: Theresa Bishop Joining as Assistant Director

Incoming Neuroscience Faculty Member Michelle Greene Receives $304K NSF Grant

Michelle Greene, who will be starting at Bates as an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the upcoming fall semester, has already won a grant of $304,266 from the National Science Foundation for her project “Uncovering the Neural Dynamics of Scene Categorization through Electroencephalography, Machine Learning, and Neuromodulation.” The proposal describes a collaborative research project with Dr. Bruce Hansen of Colgate University, who received his own NSF grant of $186,708 for his share of the project. NSF’s support will allow Dr. Greene, Dr. Hansen, a postdoctoral research associate to be hired in 2018, and undergraduate students from both Bates and Colgate to attempt to answer a long-standing problem in cognitive neuroscience: How do human beings categorize a novel scene in about the same amount of time that it takes to blink our eyes? By understanding the temporal dynamics of the brain activity related to scene categorization, it will be possible to obtain critical insights into how people rapidly but flexibly extract information from the environment. This work forms a bridge across several disciplines including psychology, cognitive neuroscience, computer vision, and machine learning. As such, the project will engage undergraduate students in truly interdisciplinary training that is at the cutting edge of multiple fields. The project will be co-funded by NSF’s programs in “Cognitive Neuroscience” and “Perception, Action, and Cognition,” and was proposed to NSF as a Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) project.

Katy Ott a Receipient of Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians

Katy Ott has received a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation to support her research in partial differential equations. Katy’s research uses theoretical tools from harmonic analysis and validated numerics to study the existence and uniqueness of solutions to boundary value problems that naturally arise in mathematical physics and engineering. A boundary value problem is a partial differential equation or a system of partial differential equations, coupled with additional constraints known as boundary conditions. One particular goal is to understand the delicate relationship between the existence of solutions, geometric attributes of the boundary of the domain, properties of the underlying partial differential equation, and behavior of the boundary data. A novel aspect of the work proposed under this grant is the blending of theoretical analysis with rigorous numerical techniques. The grant provides $8,400 per year for a period of up to five years. The funds will support Katy to travel to her collaborators in Philadelphia, Lexington, KY, and Uppsala, Sweden and to bring collaborators to Bates College.

Bates Museum of Art Receives $19K Grant from the Coby Foundation

The Coby Foundation, which supports projects in the textile and needle arts, has awarded a grant of $19,000 to the Bates College Museum of Art to support the exhibition and conservation treatment of Egyptian, Mexican, and Asian textiles from the Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection. The textiles, which Hartley considered to be “classics of great painting,” have rarely been studied due to their fragile condition. We thank the Coby Foundation for their generous support.

Sponsored Programs Expanding: Theresa Bishop Joining as Assistant Director

With the overall volume of sponsored programs funding having grown by more than 30% over the last five years, it has become challenging to provide the level of customer service that Bates faculty justifiably expect. We are thus pleased to be able to announce that, on August 1, Theresa Bishop will be joining the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance as its Assistant Director. Theresa comes to us most recently from the University of Southern Maine, where she has worked since 2013 as a Grants and Contracts Coordinator in the Research Service Center (formerly the Office of Sponsored Programs). She has a cumulative nine years of experience in academic research administration, having begun in the University of Maine’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development in 2008, with special strengths in negotiating partnerships with private sponsors, subaward issuance, audit management, and technology transfer, all of which are issues of growing significance in Bates’ sponsored research portfolio. Increased staffing will enable us to keep on top of the increasing volume of outgoing proposals and incoming awards; to deepen the services offered to Principal Investigators in managing their grants; to take on Responsible Conduct of Research training and other compliance responsibilities delegated by the Dean of the Faculty’s office; and to devote more resources to professional development for faculty interested in enhancing their competitiveness for grants. Theresa’s office will be Coram 222A, adjacent to Joseph’s. Please welcome her to Bates!

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