Faculty Achievements

Faculty Achievements 2011-2012

David Bachman (Mathematics)
Professor Bachman received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support his project, "Applications of Topologically Minimal Surfaces," which explores the surprising connections between the shapes of soap films and the shape of the universe. $136,983. 2012-2015.

Melissa Coleman (Keck Science Department)
Professor Coleman received a grant from the NSF to study the neural basis of the duetting plaintailed wren in Ecuador. This is a collaborative grant with Dr. Eric Fortune of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. $150,000. 2012-2015.

Paul Faulstich (Environmental Analysis)
Professor Faulstich received a grant from the Dean Witter Foundation for Ecological Restoration and Environmental Education at Pitzer College. $25,000. 2012-2013.

Professor Faulstich was also awarded an Edison International Grant for Excellence in Higher Education for the Leadership in Environmental Education Partnership (LEEP), a component of The Claremont Educational Partnership. $10,000. 2012-2013.

Azamat Junisbai (Sociology)
Professor Junisbai was awarded a NSF grant to organize and oversee nationally representative public opinion surveys in post-Soviet Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. His ongoing study, "Value Systems in Comparative Perspective," explores changes in popular perceptions about social and economic inequality and the proper role of government. $100,000. 2012-2013.

Professor Junisbai's project also received funding awards from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research ($40,000) and the International Research and Exchanges Board ($16,550).

Gina Lamb (Media Studies)
Professor Lamb received a Community Stories Grant from Cal Humanities, a nonprofit that promotes the humanities in California, to fund an ongoing documentary project about the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe's culture and community. $10,000. March 2012-May 2013.

John Milton (Keck Science Department)
Professor Milton received funding from the NSF for his research on "Noise, Delays and the Development of Expertise." $335,199. 2011-2014.

Claudia Strauss (Anthropology)
Professor Strauss was awarded grants from the NSF and the Wenner-Gren Foundation to conduct research on the experiences and views of the unemployed in Southern California. The two-year-long project will examine how the unemployed from different classes and ethnic groups cope with unemployment and what they think about their own futures and the future of the country. NSF: $76,564. 2012-2014. Wenner-Gren: $19,042. 2012.

Anna G. Wenzel (Keck Science Department)
Professor Wenzel received a NSF grant for the project, "RUI: The Development and Application of Gold(I) Catalysts for Asymmetric Organic Transformations." $185,000. 2012-2015.

Emily Wiley (Keck Science Department)
Professor Wiley was awarded a NSF grant to involve students in genome research through computational analysis of gene sequence data. $72,897. 2012-2015.

Branwen Williams (Keck Science Department)
Professor Williams was awarded a grant from the Undersea Research Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study deep-sea corals in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This is a collaborative grant with Peter Etnoyer of NOAA's Coastal Center for Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research. $131,186. 2012-2014.