Reed Profs Win $2.2 Million in Grants, Set 10-Year Record

From parasitic wasps to the Moroccan diaspora, Reed profs win grants for their work.

By Randall S. Barton | September 1, 2015

Professors at Reed won a total of $2,251,849 in research grants in fiscal year 2014–15, the highest figure in at least a decade (and possibly longer).

Prof. Suzy Renn [biology 2006–] won a $618,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate a striking example of maternal behavior—voluntary starvation among African cichlid fish. Her research could shed light on the evolution of maternal instincts and deepen our understanding of metabolic and feeding disorders.

Prof. Todd Schlenke [biology 2013–] won a $373,000 NIH grant to study one of nature’s most unforgiving arms races—the struggle between fruit flies and venomous parasitic wasps. (May the contest be long and bloody.)

Prof. Jay Mellies [biology 1999–] won a $362,769 NIH grant to investigate a key regulatory protein that enables a sinister pathogen to sicken children.

Prof. Marc Schneiberg [sociology 2000–] won a $170,824 NSF grant to investigate how community banks and credit unions helped Americans weather the Great Recession.

Prof. Erik Zornik [biology 2012–] won a $444,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to research mechanisms in the brain that generate rhythmic behavior, with the goal of finding new treatments for neurological disorders.

Prof. Noelwah Netusil [economics 1990–] won a $99,256 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate how the restoration of Johnson Creek has affected local property values.

Prof. Kristen Anderson [psychology 2007–] won a $73,000 NIH grant to understand the role gender plays in outcomes from an adolescent alcohol prevention program.

Prof. Rebecca LaLonde ’01 [chemistry 2013–] won a $40,000 grant from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement to investigate the heavy metal bismuth as a potential catalyst in the synthesis of medical compounds.

Prof. Paul Silverstein [anthropology 2000–] won a Fulbright fellowship to trace the Moroccan Berber diaspora in Western Europe.

Prof. Angélica Osorno [mathematics 2013–] won a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians for $35,000 from the Simons Foundation to study infinite loop spaces.

Prof. Osorno and Prof. Kyle Ormsby [mathematics 2014–] also won a $28,000 NSF grant for a conference on Equivariant and Motivic Homotopy Theory.

Prof. Alan Shane Dillingham [history 2014-] won a $6,000 summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue an historical study of incorporating native peoples into the national political and economic structures of Latin America.

The total for research grants tops the 10-year record set in FY2003-04. In prior years, Reed did not keep a tally of grants received, so it is unclear if this is an all-time high.

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