Carleton Campus News
Carleton is one of just two colleges nationwide to receive the 2019 Excellence in Sustainability Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).
Julia Strand receives NIH award to study how visual information affects listening effort during spoken word recognition
Julia Strand, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) to assess how visual information about speech affects the cognitive effort necessary to understand spoken language. The three-year grant supports undergraduate research assistants and an educational associate in each year. The results of Prof. Strand’s research team will inform the design of devices that generate visual stimuli to accompany spoken language in difficult listening situations, which may be particularly useful for the elderly or hard of hearing.
The summer programs provide something that instructors often lack during the academic year: a relaxed environment to tinker with their teaching. Director Matthew Klooster describes them as a “pedagogical proving ground.”
Dan Hernández, Associate Professor of Biology, will serve as a Faculty Instructor with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UC Santa Cruz, led by Erika Zavaleta. The two-year conservation leadership program exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through field research, leadership, and professional training. As contracted program staff, Prof. Hernández works closely with the students to help design and conduct research projects in a variety of California’s spectacular landscapes.
Melissa Eblen-Zayas leads Liberal Arts Consortium for Digital Innovation to first collaborative grant
Melissa Eblen-Zayas, Professor of Physics and Director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, in conjunction with colleagues in academic technology and counterparts at Williams College and Davidson College, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation in support of a project titled “Online Modules for Quantitative Skill Building: exploring adaptation and adoption across a consortium” (#1829135).
Building on previous NSF projects, this three-year, $290,940 project will support the development of online tools to teach quantitative skills at the ten colleges of the Liberal Arts Consortium for Digital Innovation (LACOL). Prof. Eblen-Zayas will work closely with Jonathan Leamon, Director of Instructional Technology at Williams College; Laura J Muller, Ph.D., Director of Quantitative Skills Programs and Peer Support at Williams; and Sundi Richard, Lead Instructional Designer at Davidson on the project. They will guide an effort to develop as many as eight online modules to teach key quantitative skills of wide value across the sciences and social sciences, to test and refine those modules at LACOL institutions, and to disseminate the modules widely within and possibly beyond LACOL. A team of researchers at Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center (SERC), led by Ellen Iverson, will study faculty adaptation and adoption of these online modules across the consortium.
This NSF award is the first grant to LACOL, founded in 2014 as a partnership of leading liberal arts institutions interested in exploring online pedagogies and supporting effective teaching and learning in residential settings.
Dan Hernández, Associate Professor of Biology, has been awarded a contract with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to participate in an adaptive management project to study the control of smooth brome invasion in native prairies. Prof. Hernandez will measure nutrients and microbial activity in soils of upland prairie dominated by native and non-native species at five sites managed by the Scientific and Natural Areas (SNA) and Minnesota Prairie Bank program in southwestern Minnesota.