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Projects

  • Claire Buck
    Professor of English

    Society for the Study of the Space Between annual conference

    I would like to have a Wheaton Research Partnership student to assist me as the main organizer of the 14th annual conference of the Society for the Study of the Space Between. Co-sponsored by Wheaton this conference will be held at Brown University June 2012. The student would work on all aspects of the conference organization, such as updating the society’s membership database, creating a conference list-serve, identifying relevant professional list-serves, circulating the call for papers, liaising with the society’s board and conference committee, and answering queries.Society for the Study of the Space Between

  • Lisa Lebduska
    Associate Professor of English

    English learning web resources for Chinese speakers

    I seek Wheaton Research Partnership funding to hire a student who can evaluate websites aimed at helping Chinese students to learn English and can develop web pages linked to the writing program website. The student will need to be fluent in Chinese as well as English and be able to write webpages. This project will become part of a larger research project aimed at enhancing and assessing literacy education for Wheaton’s bilingual students.

  • Donna O. Kerner
    Professor of Anthropology

    A development critique of micro-enterprise

    Background library research to support the writing of a draft of a book-length manuscript. The goal is to develop an annotated bibliography on micro-finance and micro-enterprise that incorporates critical perspectives on this “trickle down” development model. Ideally the assistant will have some background knowledge of, and interest in, development studies. Quick, critical reading and clear writing skills a must.

  • Peony Fhagen-Smith
    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Sociopolitical development during adolescence and emerging adulthood

    Sociopolitical development, or a consciousness of and motivation to reduce sociopolitical inequality, has been found to be a protective factor for adolescents and emerging adults of color in terms of effectively handling sociopolitical barriers in their career development. This study extends the research by looking at sociopolitical development among a vulnerable population of young people—those with undocumented status.

  • Josh Stenger
    Associate Professor of Film Studies and English, Hannah Goldberg Chair in Teaching Innovation

    Film & New Media Studies implementation

    I would like to work with a Wheaton Research Partnership student on assisting with the implementation and coordination of the Film and New Media Studies major. Specifically, I am interested in working with a student who has computing skills in many areas.

  • Kim Miller
    Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and Art History

    Selective silencing and the shaping of memory in post-apartheid South African visual culture

    I would like to have a Wheaton Research Partnership student to help me with research and editing tasks associated with my book project, Selective Silencing and the Shaping of Memory in Post-Apartheid South African Visual Culture. The book examines the extent to which women’s participation in the struggle for democracy is represented and remembered, and in many cases forgotten, in contemporary South African visual culture and commemorative sites.

  • M. Gabriela Torres
    Associate Professor of Anthropology

    Necrographic maps

    One of the principal means through which generalized fear was created in Guatemala was through the parade of cadavers and public assassinations in newspapers throughout the period know as “The Violence” or La Violencia (1978-84). In this project, students will work to digitize and code a collection of 3000 cadaver reports appeared almost daily in Guatemala’s main newspaper. Converting the collection of reports into digital format will allow for better searches of the data and allow for the online publication of the data and its analysis.

  • Dana M. Polanichka
    Assistant Professor of History

    Nature of marriage and family at Charlemagne’s court

    This project explores the role of women and nature of marriage and family at Charlemagne’s court (r. 769-814 CE). I am interested in unraveling Charlemagne’s relationships with women at the royal court, determining the nature of romantic and familial relationships, and investigating marriage customs in the eighth- and ninth-century Frankish world.

  • Jason E. Reiss
    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Cognitive neuroscience laboratory

    I would like to employ a WRP student(s) to assist in experiments in my Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. Student responsibilities would include assisting in literature searches and locating research articles, and most importantly collecting data from experimental participants. The overarching goal of my lab is to study the hidden mental processes involved in the acquisition and use of visual information.

  • Michael Berg
    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Attention and confirmation bias in obesity stereotyping

    The WRP student will work with me on several experiments examining obesity prejudice. In addition to becoming a regular member of our student research lab, the WRP student’s responsibilities will include conducting research literature searches and creating research summaries, organizing study materials, collecting data and interviewing research participants, and managing data.

  • Mark D. LeBlanc
    Professor of Computer Science, Meneely Chair (2010-2015)

    Lexomics: Deep access to old texts

    This WRP proposal seeks to hire a programmer to become fluent in and develop extensions to the suite of online tools to cluster and classify large groups of digitized texts developed during the summer of 2011 as part of the Lexomics Group’s NEH grant. A rich set of computing and software skills sets are needed including experience with PHP and JavaScript.

  • Michael Kahn
    Professor of Mathematics and Director of Quantitative Analysis

    Lexomics: Deep Access to Old Texts

    This WRP proposal seeks to hire a student to learn, or extend their current knowledge of the statistical programming language R, as we expand and extend the capabilities of the Lexomics project. We will apply the project’s methods to the Anglo-Saxon, Latin and Harlem Renaissance texts already being analyzed as part of the digitized texts developed as part of the Lexomics Group’s NEH grant.

  • Kathleen Morgan
    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Data collection, analysis and documentation

    I would like to apply for a WRP student to help me with two projects over the course of the coming academic year: 1) the wrapping up of data collection and start of data entry and analysis for an investigation of the impact of physical contact with animals on visitor attitude and behavior at the Southwick’s Zoo (bulk of the data for this study was collected this summer), and 2) continuation of the yellow-spotted salamander documentation component of Wheaton’s long-term vernal pool research project.

  • Tom Armstrong
    Associate Professor of Computer Science

    Extraction of declarative information from scientific articles

    Automatic extraction of declarative information from scientific articles is useful for indexing and searching large document collections. One untapped source of additional information for this task is expertly curated text about the documents in the form of citation text. The WRP student will assist in the extraction of citation text from citing documents and will integrate the information into our system.

  • Bianca Cody Murphy
    Professor of Psychology

    Effects of modernization on women in Bhutan

    would like to apply for a Wheaton Research Partnership grant to continue work on the effects of modernization on women in Bhutan.

  • Timothy Barker
    Professor of Astronomy

    NASA-related research

    NASA-related research measuring the rotation periods of asteroids, photometry of satellites, and monitoring the moon to search for transient lunar phenomena.

  • Laura Bohn
    Visiting Assistant Professor of German

    Foreignness in German literature

    We will work together on a new project continuing my research into foreignness in German literature, looking at the popular literary magazine Literaturen to identify patterns of representing foreign authors.

  • Betsey Dexter Dyer
    Professor of Biology

    Evolutionary Protistology

    Seeking a student interested in learning to work with freshwater protists and small invertebrates using microscopy.

  • Meg Kirkpatrick
    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Digital library of behavioral neuroscience research articles

    This year I will be putting together a digital library of a collection of behavioral neuroscience research articles.

  • Bruce Owens
    Associate Professor of Anthropology

    Religious Devotion and Monumental Transformation in Nepal

    Over the past year I have collaborated with Nurit Applbaum on updating a new website-cum-archive of the material consequences of devotional processes that have transformed Swayambhu, a hilltop stupa that is one of the most sacred sites for Buddhists of the Kathmandu valley.

  • Effect of Panax notoginseng on Angiogenesis, the Growth of Blood Vessels

    Last year, we started our investigation on the effect of Panax notoginseng on zebrafish blood vessel growth after learning about this herbal extract widely used to treat high blood pressure in China during our 3-week course on Traditional Chinese Medicine. This year we plan to continue our investigation to collect statistically significant data for publication.

  • Timothy Barker
    Professor of Astronomy

    Searching for Transient Lunar Phenomena

    During the 2010/2011 academic year, I worked with Jarrel Doorn ’12 and Malcolm Eaton ’13 on a project to search for Transient Lunar Phenomena (TLPs).

  • Kathryn Tomasek
    Associate Professor of History

    Crowdsourcing Transcription of Laban Morey Wheaton’s Daybook

    Pre-pilot the crowdsourcing transcription of Laban Morey Wheaton’s daybook, an account book that Wheaton keep at a store that he ran in Norton between 1828 and 1859. This pre-pilot represents a new step in the Wheaton College Digital History Project (WCDH) and is inspired in part by a project at University College London called “Transcribe Bentham”.

  • Leah Niederstadt
    Assistant Professor of Museum Studies, Art History

    Analyzing Ethiopian Visual Culture: Monuments, Murals, & Museums

    The first project is an analysis of the repatriation of an Ethiopian obelisk, and the next project is an analysis of billboard/mural images used as a form of social education in Ethiopia.

  • Mary Beth Tierney-Tello
    Professor of Hispanic Studies

    Mining Memory: Childhood, Nostalgia, and Critical Remembering in Peruvian Culture

    I would like a WRP student to help me with the preparation of my book manuscript, tentatively titled Mining Memory: Childhood, Nostalgia, and Critical Remembering in Peruvian Culture.

  • Donna O. Kerner
    Professor of Anthropology

    The Alchemy of Micro-finance

    Student research partner is sought to provide bibliographic research and editorial assistance for book manuscript in progress. The book project critically analyzes micro-finance and micro-credit approaches to poverty alleviation in the Third world.

  • M. Thandi Buthelezi
    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Chemical Kinetics of Cyclodextrin/Spiropyran Complexes

    We will investigate the host/guest chemistry of cyclodextrin/spiropyran and cyclodextrin/merocyanine systems. Spiropyran and merocyanine may potentially be used in the development of new materials for photochromic switches, photochromic lenses (optometry), fluorescent biomarkers and drug delivery devices.

  • Colonialism and Collective Agency

    I would like a WRP student to help me with two tasks: 1) preparing my book manuscript on adaptive preference for publication, and 2) doing preliminary research for my next project on colonialism and collective agency.

  • Rolf Nelson
    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Cognitive Effects of Video Game Play

    I am in the process of collecting data to understand how long-term gamers approach tasks in terms of their speed and accuracy components. Another project I hope to begin is a taxonomy of video games in terms of their cognitive demands. This will be accomplished via multidimensional scaling using ratings from experienced video gamers.

  • John Michael Collins
    Professor of Physics

    Optical Measurements on Materials for Next-Generation Lighting Devices

    A Wheaton Research Partnership student is needed to conduct optical measurements on materials for possible use in next generation lighting devices.

  • Advanced Filmmaking Assistant

    This research partnership will involve intensive collaboration with myself in various production capacities to assist in the creative production and distribution of various short film projects.

  • Jonathan David Walsh
    Professor of French Studies

    African, African-American & Diaspora Studies Program

    The AAADS program would like to hire a student beginning in Fall 2010 to help build a web site highlighting the advantages of the major, while providing a better understanding of the connections between Africa, the diaspora, and the U.S.

  • Grace Baron
    Professor of Psychology, Emerita

    Stress & Coping in Autism Research Team

    Join me as part of our research team (directed by Matthew Goodwin ’98) at Providence, RI’s Groden Center in ongoing research projects on the role of stress in lives of those on the autism spectrum.

  • Josh Stenger
    Associate Professor of Film Studies and English, Hannah Goldberg Chair in Teaching Innovation

    Handheld Devices and the Consumption of Popular Culture Media

    Collect and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data relating to the the effects that recent ‘handheld’ devices — primarily iPods, smart phones, e-readers and tablets — have had on the production, distribution and consumption of popular-cultural media

  • M. Gabriela Torres
    Associate Professor of Anthropology

    Vancouver: Making an Olympic City

    A continuing research project into the changes in municipal and social policy to showcase Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics. This project requires an assistant to transcribe interviews, scan and code documents, compile press coverage, government promotional material, anti-Olympic publications and academic literature.

  • Peony Fhagen-Smith
    Associate Professor of Psychology

    The Adolescent Self-Portrait Project

    This research study investigates 7th, 9th, and 11th grade adolescents’ reactions to their own self portrait descriptions in terms of the number of opposites and conflicts they indicate between self descriptors in eight different contexts. Data collection in three high schools will begin in the fall.

  • Jason E. Reiss
    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Cognitive Neuroscience

    WRP student(s) to assist in experiments in my Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. Student responsibilities would include assisting in literature searches and locating research articles, and most importantly collecting data from experimental participants.

  • Dana M. Polanichka
    Assistant Professor of History

    Women and Family, Love and Marriage at the Court of Charlemagne

    This project explores the role of women and nature of marriage and family at Charlemagne’s court (r. 769-814 CE).

  • Ann Sears
    Professor of Music, Director of Music in Performance

    Critical editions

    I am interested in having a research partner to continue a publishing project involving two critical editions of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music.

  • Domingo Ledezma
    Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

    Editing an Early Modern treatise on Natural History and Imagination

    I would like to train and work with a Wheaton Research Partnership student in the techniques of proofreading and annotating a Spanish translation of the Renaissance Latin treatise “Historia Naturæ, Maxime Peregrine” (Antwerp, 1635).

  • Betsey Dexter Dyer
    Professor of Biology

    Horizontal Transfer in Microbial Genomes

    This proposal seeks to apply text mining cluster and classifications techniques to detect sections of microbial genomes that may have been swapped from one microbe to another.

  • Michael Berg
    Associate Professor of Psychology

    The Nature of Obesity Prejudice

    I would like to have a WRP student to help me with all phases of a two-phase experiment looking at the nature of obesity prejudice.

  • Gerard Huiskamp
    Professor of Political Science

    Starship Troopers in the Kandahar Valley: Militarism, Patriotism and Citizenship in the Post-Draft Era

    I would like to have a WRP student to help me with a new project exploring the links between the institutionalization of the all-volunteer military, the rise of militarism and concomitant tensions between military and civilian authority over the planning and oversight of war-fighting operations.

  • Mark D. LeBlanc
    Professor of Computer Science, Meneely Chair (2010-2015)

    Lexomics: Deep Access to Old Texts

    This WRP proposal seeks to hire a programmer to implement online text processing tools and/or run text mining experiments that attempt to cluster and classify large groups of Old English and medieval Latin texts.