Grants and Sponsored Programs
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This office serves as a resource for faculty and staff who are seeking and/or have obtained grant funding from external funding agencies.
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The human subject research review process is handled by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Grant from the NYS Water Resources Institute
Congratulations to Kate Meierdiercks, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences, for obtaining a $14,896 grant from the NYS Water Resources Institute. Through this grant, Dr. Meierdiercks will study the processes that control stormwater runoff in the Kromma Kill watershed, particularly those associated with urban infrastructure and drainage systems. The research will assess the effectiveness of various stormwater management strategies, including green infrastructure, in improving water quality and reducing flooding. This work will be conducted with the help of a Siena research student.
Grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute
Congratulations to John Moustakas, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Moustakas was awarded a $12,690 grant from NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute to analyze Hubble Space Telescope observations of a sample of rare, distant, ultra-compact galaxies which may be the missing link for understanding the formation of the largest galaxies found in the nearby Universe. Together with Siena students and his team of collaborators at the University of Wisconsin, Dartmouth, and the University of Hertfordshire, Dr. Moustakas is using these observations and the High-Performance Computing Center to help understand these mysterious galaxies. This work was also recently featured in an article in Nature magazine.
Grant from the Review Foundation
Congratulations to Mathew Johnson '93, Ph.D., and the Office of Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) for obtaining a $20,000 grant from the Review Foundation to develop a Community Policy Institute. Through the Institute, advanced policy students (Community Policy Fellow), together with faculty in political science, sociology, social work, economics and education, will build the capacity and infrastructure to provide the nonprofit community with timely, curated, indexed policy news and updates relevant to the community challenges faced by nonprofits in the Capital Region. Once this capacity and infrastructure is build the community Policy Fellows will begin producing Policy Briefs focused on those challenges.
Grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
Congratulations to Sarah Berke, assistant professor of biology, for obtaining a $99,345 grant that is part of a larger research grant to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. Titled "Alabama Center for Ecological Resistance," the grant will evaluate the resiliency of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in recovering from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy that spilled over 200 million gallons of oil in July of 2010. Dr. Berke's research will focus on the impacts of the spill on benthic macroinfauna and involve several Siena students as undergraduate researchers. This work will help to elucidate how ecosystems respond to major disturbances such as oil spills, not only in the short term but also in the years to decades following the event.
Grant from the National Science Foundation
Congratulations to Meg Fryling (PI) and Co-PIs Sharon Small, Robin Flatland, Scott Vandenberg, Larry Medsker and MaryAnne Egan. Under their leadership, Siena College has been awarded a $687,879 grant from the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program. Titled "SPARCS -- Siena Plan for Attracting and Retaining Computer Scientists," the grant involves several interworking components including a high school dual enrollment program, a summer bridge for undeclared rising sophomores to introduce them to Computer Science, an outreach program for students unable to attend the summer bridge, an internship experience and a student teaching assistantship experience. The program is designed to recruit and nurture new CS majors through graduation, with emphasis on recruiting and retention in high school and the first two years of college.
Grant from the Hearst Foundation
Congratulations to Cheryl Buff and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA) for obtaining a $50,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Titled "TeamBILD: A team-based undergraduate research program focused on Big Issues and Leading-edge Discovery," this grant will support Siena students engaged in interdisciplinary summer research. Students will work in teams of three, one from each School, to examine a "big" issue around topics such as sustainability, health and well-being and information technology's impact on society. Each team will be supported by faculty mentors from each of the three Schools. The interdisciplinary nature of the program will encourage students to synthesize knowledge from different content areas to form new insights. At the conclusion of the summer experience, the teams will present a concrete plan for putting their research into action to achieve results.
Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service
Congratulations to Mathew Johnson '93, Ph.D., and the Office of Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) for obtaining a $400,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support Siena's Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program. This funding supports VISTA placements in various not-for-profit agencies in partnership with ACE and provides additional administrative and programmatic support for the program.
Grant from the National Science Foundation
Congratulations to Graziano Vernizzi, associate professor in the department of physics and astronomy, for obtaining a time allocation grant to use the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). XSEDE enables researchers to utilize 16 supercomputers for high-end visualization and data analysis, and to access the Open Science Grid that facilitates distributed computing for scientific research across 126 institutions. This award will provide 200,000 hours of supercomputer time (equivalent to about 22 years and 10 months of computational time) for the study of computational and theoretical biophysics models for predicting the folding of viral RNA molecules. Titled "Monte Carlo studies of Random Matrix Theory for RNA viruses," this research contributes to the understanding of various biological functions that support advances nanotechnology. Dr. Vernizzi will involve undergraduates in this research and also integrate it into his courses in numerical methods and computational physics.