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Grant Highlights

The Smith College Museum of Art has been awarded a $37,822 National Park Service Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites grant for “Graphic Language: The Art of Munio Makuuchi,” an illustrated book that will accompany a 2019 SCMA exhibition. The artist was incarcerated with his family during WWII; his exhibition explores this incarceration and the creative expression of trauma. See Smith's “People News.” 

Niveen Ismail, Assistant Professor of Engineering
National Science Foundation has awarded Professor Ismail a $322,976 grant for her research titled “Zooplankton Mediated Removal of Microbial Pollutants in Natural Systems.” Her project explores the efficacy of using zooplankton to remove microbial pollutants in natural systems.

Laura Kalba, Associate Professor of Art
Professor Kalba has been awarded a $95,000 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for a research project, “Currencies: Symbolism and Signification in the Golden Age of Finance Capital.”  See Smith's “People News.” 

Smith College has been awarded a $900,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for “Writing in Service of Public Discourse,” a three-year initiative to reimagine the college’s writing curriculum to prepare students to become more effective communicators in the public sphere. See Smith's “People News.”

Smith College’s Dining Services has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation for a pilot food waste reduction project.  The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis. See Smith's “People News.”

Annemarie Gockel, Associate Professor, and Peggy O’Neill, Assistant Professor, Smith College School for Social Work
Professors Gockel and O’Neill were awarded a $25,000 grant from the Mind and Life Institute to examine the impacts of Loving Kindness Meditation on conversations regarding prominent social issues.  The impact will be measured through a six-session project designed to bring students together for productive conversations surrounding social justice issues. 

Brent Durbin, Associate Professor of Government
Professor Durbin has been awarded a $238,000 New Directions grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for his project “Grasping @ the Future: The Promise, Peril and Politics of Modern Forecast Organizations,” which will combine studies of data mining and applications with research on the history and philosophy of science. He will spend the 2018-19 school year at Stanford and UC Berkeley before returning to Smith. 

The New England Food Vision Prize, Henry P. Kendall Foundation
Smith College Dining Services has been awarded $250,000 in conjunction with Westfield State University, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College. Together they will work with The Hotchkiss School, Whippoorwill Farm, and Adams Farm to develop a model for upscaling the procurement of whole animals for nose-to-tail utilization in campus dining. The project will support farmers in the region to adjust their production and delivery and at the same time enable the institutions to more efficiently process and store meat products. Learn more about the award.