New grants to Mount Holyoke and its faculty.

Williston Library reading room. Photo by Michael Malyszko.

Mount Holyoke College and its professors received the following grants and fellowships between November 2015 and March 2016:

  • Five College Consortium has awarded Ombretta Frau, Erica Moretti, and Morena Svaldi, all in the Department of Classics and Italian, a Five College Innovative Language Teaching Fellowship. This fellowship will enable the three faculty members to develop and teach Elementary Italian Bridge courses in spring, summer, and fall 2016. Start date: December 7, 2015, for one year.

  • Five College Consortium has awarded Morena Svaldi, Department of Classics and Italian Studies, a Five College Innovative Language Teaching Fellowship for her collaboration with Smith College faculty members Bruno Grazioli and Maria Succi-Hempstead. This fellowship will support the development of an Intermediate Italian Bridge course to be taught on both campuses. Start date: December 7, 2015, for one year.

  • The Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University (supported with funds from the John Templeton Foundation) has awarded James Hartley, Department of Economics, a grant to support his “Constitution of Liberty Student Reading Group.” Start date: December 23, 2015, for six months.

  • Google has awarded a grant to Lisa Ballesteros, Department of Computer Science, to support two student research assistants for a course on coding. The course, with curriculum provided by the company, was taught during January Intersession by a Google guest instructor. Start date: January 4, 2016, for one month.

  • Google has awarded Heather Pon-Barry and Audrey St. John, both in the Department of Computer Science, and Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Department of Psychology and Education, a supplemental grant for the ongoing Megas and Gigas Educate (MaGE) training course. This additional funding will help to create a website with curricular materials and lesson guidelines from the MaGE project, providing a vehicle to share materials with educators and students at other institutions. Start date: January 20, 2016.

  • The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has invited Ajay Sinha, Department of Art History, to be in residence at the Institute as a Clark Fellow. Sinha has been researching the story of a transcultural exchange that revolves around a group of 100 unpublished photographs of an Indian dancer, Ram Gopal, taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten in 1938. Sinha plans to write a book titled An Indian Dancer in American Photographs. Start date: July 6, 2016, for four months.