Dr. Peter Chen, Professor of Chemistry, was awarded a 3 year grant from NSF entitled, Excellence in Research: Development of High Resolution Coherent 2D Rovibrational Spectroscopy. Dr. Chen’s project will develop a new high resolution coherent multidimensional spectroscopic technique that can deal with mixtures and can be used for studying a broad range of systems, such as mechanisms for reactions directly above a heterogeneous catalyst. The construction and development of this high resolution coherent multidimensional rovibrational spectrometer should provide a new tool that could be used for a wide range of applications and problems, beyond that of solving narrowly defined problems in the field of spectroscopy. The tool would be useful when dealing with mixtures that are important for chemical synthesis, catalysis, combustion diagnostics, atmospheric science, etc. This project would provide Spelman students with opportunities to engage in stimulating, cutting-edge, graduate-level research projects.
Dr. Michelle Robinson, Writing Center Director, Comprehensive Writing Program Director and Professor in the English department, was granted a one year $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for her project entitled, PhotoVoices in Historic Hosbson City: Cultivating Community, Creating Change. The project is intended to support a photography and creative writing program for youth in Hobson City, Alabama. Hobson City, Alabama is the oldest African American municipality in the state and the second oldest in the United States. Hobson City is currently only has a population of about 800 people which are predominately African American. Dr. Robinson is using this project to use photography to restore the historic narrative and preservation of this city while teaching the youth about the history of their very own city. This project will fund the continuation and extension of the piloted #blackgirls4change PhotoVoice project for two additional seasons while expanding it to all youth.
Dr. A Nayena Blankson, Associate Professor of Psychology, has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant entitled Excellence in Research: Pathways to Academic Success in African American Children . The main purpose of this project is to find pathways to help African American children reach high academic achievement. Dr. Blankson will be following almost 200 students who were originally seen when they were in preschool and kindergarten into their fifth grade years. The project will have significant impact on science, educational policy, and society by increasing our understanding of factors that impact early achievement in African American children. It will also provide needed training and mentoring opportunities for African American female undergraduate students. Findings will be widely disseminated through professional presentations and publications.