Office of Sponsored Programs
The Office of Sponsored Programs is dedicated to working with Emmanuel College faculty in all aspects of sponsored programs administration to support your creative, scholarly and research activities. OSP provides high quality professional services in pre- and post-award grant and contract administration and research compliance. OSP reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
OSP is pleased to announce faculty grant recipients and their projects:
Josef Kurtz, Associate Professor and Chair, Biology and Todd Williams, Associate Professor, Biology: $357,300 over three years from the National Institutes of Health for Function of hematopoietically-derived myeloid precursors to the central nervous system immune cell population. Professors Kurtz and Williams will investigate the contribution and function of bone marrow-derived progenitor cells to the central nervous system population of microglia, the resident immune cells. The interplay between the central nervous system and the immune system lies at the heart of many current neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases, including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's. Understanding how newly engrafted precursor immune cells function, compared to microglia, could uncover new avenues for treatment of many central nervous system diseases.
The research will involve the active engagement of Emmanuel College undergraduate students. The interdisciplinary nature and multifaceted approach of this project allows them to actively participate and help steer the direction of the project themselves, in the manner in which many current research institutions are tackling biological questions.
Helen MacDonald, Assistant Professor of Psychology: $9,922 over one year as part of a larger award to Boston University Medical Center from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a study of family mental health outcomes and family functioning among families of service members deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OFI). Findings from Family Adaptation to OIF Deployment will be used to enhance family mental health adaptation to deployment by informing service delivery targets and prevention interventions among military and military veteran families. Professor MacDonald will provide training and consulting to the clinical assessor(s) in the conduct of structured clinical interviews, consult on instrument administration and scoring, oversee reliability modeling for a subset of the clinical interview measures, and participate in the preparation of manuscripts.
Allen Price, Assistant Professor of Physics: $232,922 over three years from the National Science Foundation for Developing Models of Facilitated Diffusion for DNA Binding Proteins. Professor Price will study DNA binding proteins and the ways that these diffuse one-dimensionally along the DNA until they find their targeted sequence. Research results will have translational impact as well as contribute to understandings important to lab-on-a-chip applications. Performing this research as an undergraduate institution, Professor Price will train and employ Emmanuel undergraduates in his lab, develop introductory Physics course materials, and create a professional development course for high school teachers.
Aren Gerdon, Assistant Professor of Chemistry: $3,461 over one year from the Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants Program for Promoting Excellence in Science Education. This funding goes toward the purchase of Chemistry equipment to improve science education at Emmanuel.
Lenore Martin, Wyant Professor and Professor of Political Science; Arlyn Sanchez Silva, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages; Susan Von Daum Tholl, Director of Library Services: $100,000 over one year from OneWorld Boston, an affiliate of the Cummings Foundation, for A Program in Middle East Studies and Certificate in Arabic Language. This funding will support course development, faculty development and a one-week institutional colloquium that will focus on issues of human rights, social justice, and international understanding in the Middle East.
Jon Paul Sydnor, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies: $5,500 over one year from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to study Hinduism and interreligious relations in Trinidad.
Emmanuel has also received major institutional grants providing important new support for teaching and learning, faculty development, student retention, and green technology:
$206,347 over two years from the Davis Educational Foundation for Supporting Academic Excellence: Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes. This funding provides faculty development, training and support for continuous, embedded assessment of identified student learning outcomes in the general education curriculum.
$100,000 over one year from the George I. Alden Trust for a Green Technology Project. This funding supports the purchase and integration of a new system of blade servers and server virtualization that will have a significant and long-term impact on the College's operational efficiency, energy and cost savings, and waste reduction.
$50,000 over two years from the Council of Independent Colleges and the WalMart Foundation for College Success Awards. This funding supports Emmanuel's efforts to improve access and retention for first-generation, low-income and minority college students. In the summer before their first year at Emmanuel, admitted students are invited to participate in the ecPulse Program, which provides faculty and peer mentoring, academic and cultural support.
$200,000 over two years from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for a Center for Teaching with Technology focused on faculty training, development and support. The College's goal is to increase the number of faculty who are proficient in incorporating new technologies into existing courses, and in building hybrid and fully online courses in ways that will measurably improve teaching and learning all along Emmanuel's education pipeline.