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Fall 2010 Faculty Roelandts Fellows
The Center for Science, Technology, and Society is pleased to announce this year's faculty Roelandts Fellows. Competition was up from last year with 16 faculty proposals submitted. Ultimately, we were able to fund at least partially seven faculty proposals totaling roughly $25,000.
Project titles ranged from "Technology to promote reading in rural Burkina Faso" in which Dr. Michael Kevane will work to assess the impact of solar LED lighting on student learning in rural areas, to "Using Geographic Information Systems to analyze household food security in disadvantaged San Jose neighborhoods" where Dr. Leslie Gray and Dr. Iris Stewart-Frey will examine access to food and the increase in food security through backyard gardening in a low-income neighborhood.
This inaugural competition supports projects that are commensurate with the Center's mission, "to understand and enable the innovative application of science and technology for global human benefit." CSTS is pleased to make these research awards, and hopes that these internal grants can help faculty seek additional, extra-mural funds, as well as continue to mentor our student scholars. The Center also encourages the integration of this research with new STS course development and the Values in Science & Technology pathway (also sponsored by CSTS).
The grant program is headed by Jack Gilbert, Professor and Chair of the Chemistry & Biochemistry department at Santa Clara University as well as Director of Sponsored Research at the Center, and Craig Stephens, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Education at the Center.
From left to right: Father Michael Engh, S.J. (President), Thane Kreiner (Executive Director, CSTS), Daniel Strickland (Mechanical Engineering), David Hess (Biology), Katerina Bezrukova (Psychology), Maria Constantino-Roelandts, Willem Roelandts