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Faculty development grants support summer projects

July 23, 2013

Eight McDaniel faculty received 11 development grants to conduct research, present papers and study over the summer months.

Mohamed Esa, professor of Foreign Languages, received two faculty development grants to give presentations about music in the German language classroom at two different conferences, one of which is in Italy, and participate in a panel discussion titled “Building on our Successes: Plans for the Future.”

Cheng Huang, assistant professor of Biology, is using his grant to attend the 8th European Zebrafish meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

Linda Kirkpatrick received a grant to attend the National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans, La., to participate in the Professional Flute Choir.

Associate professor of Communication Robert Lemieux received a grant to support the planned illustrated children’s book exhibit, “Beyond Words: The Art of Illustrated Children’s Books,” that will showcase more than 35 pieces of original art. This exhibit is scheduled in Rice Gallery in 2014.

Paul Muhlhauser, assistant professor of English, received one grant to develop courses in which students critique the communication practices of apps and video games and another to participate in a panel discussion at the Computers and Writing Conference at Frostburg University titled “It isn’t the flux capacitor: How the mechanics of social media platforms shape perceptions of writing.”

Pavel Naumov, associate professor of Computer Science, also received two grants, which support his attendance at two international conferences to present three papers co-authored by McDaniel undergraduates Kristine Harjes and Jeffrey Kane.

Associate professor of Psychology Madeline Rhodes’ grant supports her attendance at the Association for Psychological Science’s 25th annual meeting to present research conducted with Laura Barbour ‘13.

Elizabeth van den Berg, associate professor of Theatre Arts, received a grant to attend both the national meeting for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as the festival’s Region II chair and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Orlando, Fla., to present on a panel titled, “Performing for Whose Pleasure? Female Sacrificial Victims in Greek Tragedy.”

Four of these grants were supported through the R. Christine Royer Faculty Development Fund.

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