Faculty awarded grants for summer scholarship
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Grants of up to $2,250 were presented to seven professors, while another four were the recipients of awards of up to $5,000 for collaborative research with students. The grants are designed to encourage the production of scholarly work for publication and distribution beyond Northwestern’s campus.
Dr. Luke Dahn, a professor in Northwestern’s music department, will travel to
Biology professors Dr. Laurie Furlong and Dr. Sara Tolsma will research the genetic relationships between mayfly populations on Santa Cruz Island and the
Dr. Randy Jensen, a member of the philosophy department, will begin writing a book of philosophical and theological reflections on selections from C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series.
Dr. Michael Kensak, a professor in the English and foreign languages department, will investigate theories of visual intelligence and design a series of animation sequences for teaching German grammar.
Dr. Ann Lundberg’s seasonal work as a national park ranger is the basis for her research into how ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings were represented in the 19th century. She plans to study how World Fair exhibitions of Native American archaeological sites changed over time and what those changes may signify. Lundberg, an English professor at Northwestern, plans to write an article about her findings.
Another member of the English department, Dr. Joonna Trapp, will continue her work on a book about lyceum oratory and culture in the South. The grant will allow her to prepare a book proposal and several sample chapters for a publisher, as well as to submit articles based on her work to scholarly journals.
Kim Van Es, also part of Northwestern’s English department, will focus her research on the teaching of grammar in secondary schools.
Other Northwestern professors besides Tolsma who will conduct collaborative projects with students include Dr. Michael Andres, religion; Dr.
Andres will work on a first draft of an introductory text about Christian witness, written from a Reformed and evangelical perspective and integrating the subjects of evangelism, apologetics and justice. Assisting him in his research will be Justin Pannkuk, a senior religion and education major from Webster City, Iowa.
Josselyn-Cranson plans to study worship music used by emerging churches in preparation for writing a book on the subject.