New grants to Mount Holyoke and its faculty.

Williston Library reading room. Photo by Michael Malyszko

During March and April, the College and its professors attracted grants and fellowships from the following organizations.

Google, Inc. has awarded Heather Pon-Barry (computer science, principal investigator), Audrey Lee St. John (computer science, coinvestigator), and Becky Packard (psychology and education, coinvestigator) a grant to support their project "3X in 3 Years: MaGE (Megas and Gigas Educate): Growing Computer Science Capacity at Mount Holyoke College."

Modeled on successful peer-mentoring programs, the MaGE program will offer new training and practicum courses, along with an annual scholarship for peer mentors, to increase capacity in computer science by growing enrollment in introductory classes, increasing retention, and training computer science students to educate, mentor, and support others in inclusive ways.

Start date: 2/24/15 for an anticipated three years

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company has awarded the College a grant to support Women in Data Science professorships.

Total funding will provide Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges with the resources to hire five visiting faculty positions (three based at Mount Holyoke and two at Smith) as well as to support the development of a data-science-focused curriculum. The visiting professors would teach in such areas as natural-language processing, machine learning, behavioral economics, applied statistics, and various computer science specialties.

Start date: September 2015 for four years

• The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care has awarded a grant to Gail Hornstein (psychology) to support the training phase of her project “Fostering Positive Alternatives for People Who Hear Voices.”

The project seeks to train 100 new facilitators to start Hearing Voices peer-support groups in their local areas. The training will equip them to apply the concepts and methods of the Hearing Voices Network to the creation of positive alternatives for people diagnosed with psychosis 

Start date: 4/1/15 for one year

• The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded James Hartley (economics) an Enduring Questions grant to support his project “Is Business Moral?”

The project will fund a 13-week course that will examine the arguments of philosophers and novelists about business ethics, starting with Athens and Jerusalem, proceeding through the English Financial Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era into contemporary society

Start date: 6/1/15 for three years

• The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation has awarded Becky Packard (psychology and education) a fellowship for her project “An Educational Policy Case Study of STEM Recruitment and Retention in the U.S. and Ireland.”

The goal of the project is to develop an educational policy case study focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) recruitment and retention in the United States and Ireland. The case study will provide the basis of a unit within a new course focused on educational policy, broadening curricular offerings in an important area in which the College has significant student interest 

Start date: 8/15/15 for one year

• The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation has awarded Holly Hanson (history) a fellowship for her project “Primary Sources for the History of African Democracy: 1000 BCE to the Present.”

The goal of the project is to travel to the African Union Commission Archives in Addis Ababa and the British National Archives in Kew to find the materials for a one-semester Introduction to African History course focused on the history of democracy in Africa.

Start date: 9/1/15 for one year

• The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded a fellowship to Elif Babul (anthropology) to support her project "The State in Training: Human Rights Translations and Encounters with Europe in Turkey."

This book project traces the establishment of human rights as a governmental standard in Turkey in tandem with the country's pending accession to the European Union 

Start date: 9/1/15 for one year

• The John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island, has awarded Christine DeLucia (history) a four-month fellowship. Additionally, the library has named her their inaugural John M. Monteiro Fellow in Indigenous Studies, and will provide her with funding for collaborative programming during her fellowship.

• The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, has also awarded DeLucia a six-month fellowship.

The fellowships will enable her to continue research on her project “The Itineraries: Seasons of History in the Native Northeast and Ezra Stiles’ New England” and will support work on a book about the New England minister, educator, and intellectual Ezra Stiles (1727–1795), and his lifelong entanglements with the native American communities that surrounded him: Niantics, Narragansetts, Mohegans, Pequots, Nipmucs, Quinnipiacs, and others.

Start date: 9/1/15 for the 2015–2016 academic year