Grauel Faculty Fellowships

Congratulations to the Grauel Faculty Fellowship Recipients for 2014-2015

The fellowship is available to support faculty research for one semester at full salary or one year at half salary. Proposals should be research oriented primarily and result in a publication, or should involve other types of faculty development, such as writing textbooks, curriculum development, or academic service-oriented activities.

George Bilgere, Department of English, will begin work on his seventh collection of poetry.

Emily Butler, Department of English, will complete her book manuscript tentatively titled “The Echoing Text: Language and Community in Early England,” in which she will argue perceptions of linguistic distance or difference, perhaps paradoxically, and encourage textual interactions.

Rebecca Drenovsky, Department of Biology, will study how interannual variation of nutrient resorption might be linked to other nutrient conservation processes and how it is driven by environmental factors. The overall objective of the proposed work is to understand the interaction among plant nutrient conservation traits and environmental variation.

Karen Gygli, Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, will expand her article about the use of film noir motifs in Asian-Canadian plays into a book proposal and will add a chapter about how the use of film noir motifs is a means to confront assumptions about gender and ethnicity, as well as Canadian nationalism.

Jeanne Jenkins, Department of Education and Allied Studies, in collaboration with a colleague at Cleveland State University, will launch the second phase of a study that will employ a mixed methodological approach to examine school psychology supervisors’ experiences, perceptions, and practices related to school psychology intern supervision.

Angie Jones, Department of Psychology, will investigate and write an article about the source of the orthographic texture effect. Orthographic texture refers to the idea that when letters in a word are activated for spelling, they have differing levels of strength. As the results of these differences, some letters are spelled more accurately in a word than others.

Marc Kirschenbaum, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, will use the Human Assisted Swarm Simulation Tool developed at John Carroll University to collect and analyze data to demonstrate the effectiveness of combining human, high-level deductive reasoning with random, low-level swarm behavior as a problemsolving paradigm. The analysis will help to understand the process of how a simple swarm agent translates a highlevel human command into actions.

Bo Liu, Department of Art History, will work on her book manuscript Political Expression in Song dynasty Fan Painting and an article titled “From Horse to Ox: Self-Identification of Scholar Officials in the Song Dynasty.” These contextualized studies reposition fan paintings within their specific sociohistorical contexts and examine how traditional imagery was revived and imbued with new meanings by Song scholars to promote their sociopolitical agendas.

Paul Nietupski, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, will study the inclusion of nontraditional ritual behavior and ethical theory in the inherited corpus of Buddhist monastic practices in seventh and eighth century India. His project relies on little-studied texts of the day analyzing the evolution of Indian religious and intellectual history and it will include a discussion of its relevance to modern applied ethical theory.

Ralph Saporito, Department of Biology, addresses the fact poison frogs defend themselves from natural predators by obtaining toxic alkaloids from a diet largely composed of mites and ants. His project will study variation in these “toxic” alkaloids from two different but closely related groups of poison frogs.

Zeki Saritoprak, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, will be working on a book tentatively titled Islamic Spirituality: Theology and Practice for the Modern World, under contract with Bloomsbury Press.

Megan Thornton, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures, will produce a manuscript analyzing the protest music of the Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Ramón Mejia. She will be looking at his musical representations of Nicaraguan migrants in Costa Rica.

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