Chemistry Professor and David F. Putnam Chair Paul Baures has been awarded a $65,000 grant from the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) to conduct research on a significant problem that plagues the production of natural gas and oil.
Gas hydrates are flammable solids that contain naturally occurring gases inside an ice shell. They form wherever water and gas are present together in cold temperatures and high pressures, such as at the bottom of the ocean or in the arctic permafrost. They also form readily in oil pipelines during the production or transport of petroleum, where they greatly increase the danger to the oil workers and stymie production efforts. Continue reading Prof. Baures Receives Grant to Make Oil Pipelines Safer→
Sharon Fantl, the Redfern Art Center’s assistant director, has secured a grant through the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to allow the cast members of Word Becomes Flesh to discuss issues of diversity and social justice with local community members. Fantl is reaching out to KSC classes, local social-service agencies, educators from various disciplines within Keene High School, youth, and members of such on-campus offices as the Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism to invite them to participate in these discussions. Word Becomes Flesh will be performed at the Redfern Arts Center on Wednesday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. Assistant Professor of Communication Jamie Landau will give a pre-performance talk on masculinity and patriarchal gender norms in parenting, and there will be a moderated discussion in the lobby after the performance. Continue reading Word Becomes Flesh Cast Reaches out to Community→
NH EPSCoR and Campus Compact for NH have established a seed-grant program for faculty at undergraduate higher ed institutions to broaden participation and build research capacity in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. Funding may go towards exploring a concept or integrating research experiences into an undergraduate STEM curriculum. Priority is given to environmental sciences.
Director of the Redfern Arts Center Shannon Mayers has secured a $1,000 grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts to fund outreach efforts around the screening of Fritz Lang’s 1927 futuristic epic, The Complete Metropolis, in the Alumni Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on January 30. Boston’s Alloy Orchestra, which film critic Roger Ebert calls “the best in the world at accompanying silent films,” will provide their unique and brilliant music for the film. This internationally-known trio blend their distinctive mix of clarinet, accordion, electronics, and junk-metal percussion to highlight the film’s dramatic effect. In addition to the public performance, the Alloy Orchestra will provide a public workshop about live music and silent films. There will be an exhibit of silent-film posters in the Redfern lobby.
Assistant Professor of Geography Lara Bryant has received a $5,500 grant from the Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation to support her project, “Crossing the Strait of Gibraltar: Exploring the Coexistence and Challenges of Neighboring Cultures.”
Dr. Bryant will attend a two-week seminar in Spain and Morocco offered by the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), where she will explore the links between Morocco and Spain on a variety of levels: their cultural and historic heritage, the differences between the “developing” and “developed” world, and the global impacts of terrorism and increasing animosity between historically Muslim and Christian societies.
KSC recently received grants to preserve and protect its most valuable collections and archived material.
The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the College $5,560 for “Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan and Staff Training to Preserve Special Collections and Film Archives.” The project will help create a disaster preparedness and recovery plan for the College’s archives, special collections, and film holdings; provide staff with training in emergency preparedness and response planning; and prepare disaster supply kits. The College’s holdings consist of over 250 linear feet of archival and manuscript material and over 6,000 volumes of print and bound materials, covering predominantly the disciplines of history, literature, poetry, film studies, Holocaust and genocide studies, and anthropology. The Film Archives holdings include approximately 1,000 color and black & white motion-picture films. Continue reading KSC Awarded Grants to Protect Valuable Collections→