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From: Erec R. Koch, Associate Provost
The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Baruch College Faculty Development Program Awards. Conferred on a competitive basis, this award offers a one-course release so that recipients will be able to finalize grant proposals that are in progress and submit them before the close of the subsequent semester. The Joint Committee on Research (JCR) selected three proposals for funding, and they are described below. The program will be open again for the 2016-17 academic year, so please look for the request for proposals in spring 2016.
Stefan Bathe – Associate Professor of Physics
Proposal: “Quark-Gluon Plasma: The Hottest Matter in the Universe,” which will be submitted to the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science in response to the Nuclear Physics program.
Professor Bathe is proposing to use the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider located at the Brookhaven National Laboratory to study the properties of the Quark Gluon Plasma, one of the key missing pieces in understanding the evolution of the Universe right after the Big Bang. The strong force is one of the four fundamental forces of Nature and this project will also shed light on that force.
Elizabeth A. Heath – Assistant Professor of History
Proposal: “Visualizing Colonial France in the 18th Century,” which will be submitted to the National Science Foundation in response to the Geography and Spatial Sciences program.
Professor Heath’s qualitative study will use mapping to show how colonial connections contributed to political and economic transformations in France. Upon completion of the project, an open access digital map will be available for scholars to use as a research and teaching tool that will enable them to study economic and social geography in France.
Eric Mandelbaum – Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Proposal: “Evolution of Cooperation and Self-Control,” which will be submitted to the National Endowment for the Humanities in response to ACLS Charles Ryskamp Research Fellowship.
Professor Mandelbaum will conduct research that examines cooperative behavior in various societies, including India, Uganda, and the United States. He theorizes that, by default, one’s instinct is to cooperate but that behavior can be driven by his or her perception of that behavior being reciprocated.
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