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Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in math and science to Alice Nadeau '13

Friday, Mar. 30, 2012 12:00 am

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Grinnell College student Alice Nadeau has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for up to $7,500 toward tuition and other expenses during the 2012-13 academic year. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was established by Congress to encourage excellence in science and mathematics for American undergraduate students with excellent academic records and outstanding potential.

Nadeau, a third-year mathematics major from Waterloo, Ia., plans to pursue a Ph.D. and teach at the university level. “I am currently trying to explore as many areas of mathematics as available to me,” Nadeau said. “This is important in both teaching and research since connections and correlations can and frequently do come from outside one’s own specific field of study.”

As a Grinnell student, Nadeau serves as a student assistant for the Grinnell Science Project pre-orientation program; works in the costume studio for the theatre department; swims for the varsity swim team; and is an active participant in student government.

Grinnell student Rebecca Mandt, a third-year biology major from Mendota Heights, Minn., was named honorable mention in the competition. She plans a career in biomedical research.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

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Winners of 2012 Grinnell Prize for social change announced

Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College has announced the winners of the second annual  Grinnell Prize honoring young innovators for social change: Cristi Hegranes, executive director and founder, Global Press Institute; Jacob A. Wood, president of  Team Rubicon, and William B. McNulty III vice president of Team Rubicon (shared award); and Jane Chen, CEO of Embrace Innovations and co-founder, Embrace, and Linus Liang, Embrace co-founder and COO (shared award).

The Grinnell Prize, which received nominations from 45 countries, honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.  Each winning entry receives $100,000, half to the individual(s) and half to an organization the winner(s) designates, for a total of $300,000 awarded this year in prize monies.

The pool of nominees for the Grinnell Prize spanned a diverse array of social issues, including hunger relief, disaster relief, childhood education, economic development, the environment, literacy, community-produced news, youth arts, fair housing, violence prevention, immigration, GLBTQ, restorative justice, public access to healthcare delivery, children’s mental health, urban agriculture, and global peace, among others.

“I’m delighted to announce these truly inspiring individuals as the winners of the 2012 Grinnell Prize. These young men and women embody Grinnell’s long-standing mission to prepare students to go out into the world and use their education for the benefit of the common good,” said Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D. “Since we launched the Grinnell Prize two years ago, we have learned about a remarkable number of young people who are striving to make the world a better place. Our 2012 winners represent the ideals of the prize program in every way possible.”

Details for the second annual Grinnell Prize winners are as follows:

After observing numerous problems within her profession while working as a foreign correspondent in Nepal, Hegranes founded the Global Press Institute (GPI) to confront two specific challenges she observed: “the decline of quality international journalism and the need for more women’s economic empowerment.” Through GPI, Hegranes uses journalism as a development tool to educate, employ and empower women to produce high-quality local news coverage that elevates global awareness and ignites social change.

Hegranes has built a network of professional women journalists throughout the developing world – all of whom earn a fair wage for reporting about their communities. Their unique coverage of issues, specifically those often overlooked by the mainstream media, contributes directly to community development and empowerment and also brings greater transparency and change to the way the world views their people and cultures.

To help combat reintegration problems faced by many U.S. veterans, Wood and McNulty founded Team Rubicon to unite the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals who deploy first-response teams to disaster areas. Since its founding in January 2010, Team Rubicon has successfully affected thousands of lives, including victims of global and national disasters and returning U.S. military veterans. While providing aid on the streets of Port-au-Prince in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, Team Rubicon veterans realized that natural disasters present many of the same problems that confront troops in Iraq and Afghanistan: unstable populations, limited resources and horrific conditions. The skills cultivated by those on the battlefields – emergency medicine, risk assessment and mitigation, teamwork and leadership –are invaluable in disaster zones. By helping veterans transfer these critical skills, Team Rubicon has given hundreds of military men and women  a renewed sense of purpose and has pioneered a new paradigm in disaster response that  helps fringe victims outside the scope of where traditional aid organizations venture.

In 2007, Chen and Liang created a $200 infant warmer in response to a challenge posed during a Stanford University course and following a trip to Nepal where they witnessed firsthand the high infant death rates in developing countries due to hypothermia. Reduced from the normal $20,000 cost of an incubator, the infant warmer can be used in remote regions of the world without a continuous supply of electricity. Realizing that their innovation solved a small part of a large problem – specifically poor maternal and child health outcomes in developing countries – Chen and Liang are also working on preventive measures including education in remote areas such as Jhagadia, India and Banadir, Somalia, where their infant warmers are provided.

Embrace is also investing in research and development to create additional, low-cost health innovations to improve both women’s and children’s well-being.  Early this year, Chen and Liang created the for-profit venture Embrace Innovations, which will license the technology from Embrace and work on manufacturing, distribution and research for new products.

The winners will visit the Grinnell College campus the week of November 12 to participate in the Grinnell Prize Symposium and awards ceremony.  Through public lectures and interactions with students and the campus community, the winners will share their experiences and perspectives of how they were able to create innovative programs to effect positive social change.

Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 14. Before age 30, Greenfield and business partner Ben Cohen opened an ice cream shop in Burlington, Vt., that has since spawned a global brand. Though known for its ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s also has a strong commitment to “a sustainable corporate concept of linked prosperity.” Greenfield and Cohen are devoted not only to product and economic missions, but also to a progressive, nonpartisan social mission that “seeks to meet human needs and eliminate injustices” in their local, national and international communities by integrating the social concerns of their mission into day-to-day business activities.

Nominations for the 2013 Grinnell Prize are open through Nov. 5.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa.  Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations and pre-professional programs.

Civil War Era drawings to display at Faulconer Gallery

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

More than 100 original drawings by Civil War era artist-reporters will be on display at Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery, opening Aug. 31. "Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection," a travelling exhibition from Boston College's McMullen Museum of Art, includes hundreds of drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues, 19th-century artists who worked as artist-reporters for "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper," observing, drawing and sending back for publication images from the camps and battlefields of the Civil War.

"These artist-reporters were the embedded journalists of their day. Joseph Becker was one of these artists, and his collection of historical art had gone unnoticed until first shown in 2009," said Daniel Strong, associate director of the gallery and curator of exhibitions. "Engagement with the college curriculum is also one of our objectives, and this show lends itself well to engaging with faculty and students, as well as those interested in early American history." For example, Civil War historian and Grinnell faculty member Sarah Purcell will teach a fall semester senior seminar that will require students to interpret pieces from the exhibition, culminating with presentations by the students discussing their conclusions.

Faulconer Gallery will host the following public events related to the Civil War drawings:

  • Fri., Aug. 31, 4:15-6 p.m.: Opening reception, refreshments will be served.
  • Sat., Sept. 15, noon-5 p.m.: Community Day with a living history camp presentation by the Sons of Union Veterans on the lawn just north of the Faulconer Gallery. Families can also enjoy Civil War era games, hands-on activities, refreshments and tour the exhibition.
  • Thurs., Sept. 20, 4:15 p.m.: "Seeing Corpses: Death and Visual Culture during the U.S. Civil War," a gallery talk by Associate Professor of History Sarah Purcell whose scholarship focuses on the meanings of death in Civil War. Purcell will discuss how the spectacle of death helped to shape the political and social meanings of the Civil War through photographs, print culture, material culture, ephemera, paintings, and other visual forms.
  • Sat., Sept. 29, 2 p.m.: Grinnell Orchestra, under the direction of Eric McIntyre, associate professor of music, presents a concert of Civil War-related music, with tenor Michael Oxley singing popular songs from the era.
  • Tues., Oct. 2, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by curator Judith Bookbinder of the McMullen Museum. Bookbinder will talk about the exhibition and the Becker Collection at Boston College.
  • Mondays and Thursdays, Sept. 6-Oct. 11, 12:15 p.m.: Yoga in the gallery with Monica St. Angelo, for beginners and experienced practitioners. Mats provided. Co-sponsored by Faulconer Gallery and Live Well Grinnell.

"Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection" is open Aug. 31 through Oct. 14 during regular gallery hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.; open Thurs. and Fri. until 8 p.m.; closed Monday. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660or visit www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

Four Grinnell College students awarded federal scholarships to study abroad

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 12:00 am

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GRINNELL, IA—Four Grinnell College students have received federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to support study abroad during the 2012-2013 school year.

The Gilman Scholarship is a federal grant program that "provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide." The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The four Grinnell students and their programs are:

  • Laura Huerta, a third year sociology major with a concentration in American studies, is from Los Angeles, Calif., and will study in Denmark. She volunteers at a local animal shelter, has worked as a multicultural resource intern on Grinnell's campus, and is a Posse scholar. She hopes to either receive her master's in social work or start her own organization to help the youth and gang members of South Central Los Angeles.
  • Anika Manzoor, a gender, women's and sexuality studies major with a concentration in global development studies, from Bethesda, Md., will study in Costa Rica for the fall semester of her senior year. At Grinnell she is a student advisor and Posse Scholar. In Maryland she leads School Girls Unite, a nonprofit organization that engages young people in activism regarding global issues that affect girls.
  • Jenny Mith, a rising junior and Philosophy major from Los Angeles, Calif., will study in the Grinnell-in-London program. At Grinnell, she is a part of the student educational policy committee for the philosophy department, a Mellon Mays Fellow, and a Posse Scholar.
  • Sara Sanders, a political science major from Lincoln, Neb., will study in France. She is entering her third year and is the head librarian of Grinnell College's KDIC 88.5 radio station.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

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Mellon grants to Grinnell totaling more than $1 million

Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Grinnell College grants totaling more than $1 million to support continual development of interdisciplinary courses and programs in the humanities and to encourage students to consider college teaching careers.

            A $100,000 Mellon Presidential Discretionary Grant supports development of courses and co-curricular programs that demonstrate the benefit of humanities study in lifelong learning. Grant activities will be coordinated through Grinnell’s Center for the Humanities, which supports research and teaching as well as invited talks, symposia and ongoing activities that draw attention to scholarly work in classical and modern languages, the arts, philosophy, and religion.

“The Mellon grant allows us to develop programs that address recent national discussions about the place of the humanities in education, policy-making and business,” said Shuchi Kapila, director of the Center for the Humanities and associate professor of English. More than one-third of Grinnell students graduate with degrees in humanities fields of study.

            A second Mellon grant of more than $400,000 renews the college’s relationship with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program, which encourages “minority students and others with demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities” to pursue Ph.D.s in the arts and sciences. Grinnell joined the MMUF program in 2009 with assistance from an initial Mellon grant. MMUF fellows receive mentoring from faculty, funding for conference attendance, loan repayment support, and other resources that connect them to a national network of current and future college professors.

            “We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for recognizing Grinnell’s commitment to the Mellon Mays Fellowship Program,” said Shanna Benjamin, faculty coordinator for the MMUF program and assistant professor of English. “The renewal grant allows us to continue our efforts to identify and support promising students who want to teach at the college level.”

            A third grant of $540,000 renews initial Mellon funding of Grinnell’s Expanding Knowledge Initiative (EKI), which extends the college’s liberal-arts curriculum through interdisciplinary courses of contemporary academic relevance. “The Expanding Knowledge Initiative continues to be an important part of advancing student learning across traditional disciplines,” said Dean of the College Paula Smith. “The Mellon grant support is important to our commitment to faculty and curriculum development.”  For example, the Mellon grant funding has allowed Grinnell to add Arabic language instruction to the curriculum.  

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports projects in higher education, information technology, performing arts, arts conservation, and the environment. The MMUF program is in its 24th year and has supported more than 3,700 fellows nationwide.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

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