Institutional Awards

Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation. $50,000. This grant provides a supplement our existing Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Scholarship Fund to provide additional tuition assistance to worthy students to support their pursuit of a Dickinson College undergraduate education.
 
The Campbell Foundation. $35,000. (Julie Vastine, ALLARM) This grant supports the continuation and expansion of Susquehanna Stream Team as well as the enhancement of Creek Watch. To help build the skill set of current and future Stream Team volunteers, ALLARM will: 1) develop “creek courses” to explore monitoring topis at a deeper level, 2) improve the data interpretation experience and implement five workshops; 3) create data communication tools; 4) continue to implement diverse strategies to retain volunteers; 5) capture volunteer engagement practices in a manual; 6) develop a volunteer advisory group; and 7) expand programming geographically (add one new county/partner in lower and middle Susquehanna). Additionally, this grant will allow ALLARM to further develop and promote Creek Watch through the creation of an advisory team. ALLARM will work with partners to modify the USDA Stream Visual Assessment Protocol guide with common forms of pollution found in Pennsylvania. ALLARM will also work with Chesapeake Common’s Water Reporter to build out an online application for reporting potential pollution.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PA-LCB) Reducing Underage Drinking. $37,000 (Missy Taylor, Wellness Center) Continued support from the PLCB would allow ongoing prevention of high-risk or dangerous drinking among Dickinson College students. One planned activity is implementation of a social norming campaign during the 2020-2021 academic year in order to reach the goal of correcting misperceptions about alcohol use on campus.  Advertising materials would be utilized during the social norming campaign, such as posters and stickers. A second planned activity is administration of the Core Survey during the fall semester of 2021-2022 academic year. A third planned activity is the purchase and use of eCHECKUP TO GO FOR ALCOHOL with first-year student orientation and with all substance use clients in the Wellness Center. A fourth planned activity is attendance at the American College Health Association Annual Conference in 2021 and 2022. The goal of attending this conference is to increase professional competence in the prevention and intervention of high-risk/dangerous drinking. These activities would help Dickinson College attain the goal of correcting misperceptions about substance use on campus and ultimately reduce dangerous or high-risk drinking.

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning/Child Care Consultants, Inc. (Early Learning Resource Center) – Financial Support for Child Care Providers During COVID-19 (CARES Act, Round one). $21,200. (Regina VanKirk, Dickinson College Children’s Center)

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning/Child Care Consultants, Inc. (Early Learning Resource Center) – Financial Support for Child Care Providers During COVID-19 (CARES Act, Round two). $27,300. (Regina VanKirk, Dickinson College Children’s Center)

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, School Safety and Security Committee - COVID-19 Disaster Emergency Targeted Health and Safety Grants (FY 2020-2021). $5,026. (Regina VanKirk, Dickinson College Children’s Center) This funding will be used to purchase educational technology for distance learning to ensure the continuity of education. The grant is being administered by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit 15.

IIE Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. $16,000. (Sonja Paulson, Center for Global Studies and Engagement, with Magda Siekert, Middle East Studies). Dickinson requests one Arabic Teaching Assistant for 2019-2020 academic year. The FLTA will work in the Middle East Studies department for 18 hours per week under the supervision of Magda Siekert, Lecturer. The FLTA will enroll in at least two (2) courses per semester, audit or credit, using tuition waivers issued annually to Center for Global Study & Engagement. 

Constellation

Constellation, an Exelon company. Energy 2 Educate Grant Program, $20,000. (Matt Steiman, Dickinson Farm). The Dickinson College Farm requested $50,000 from the Energy 2 Educate program to support capital expenses for the biogas waste-to-electricity system. The farm will use this working model to demonstrate the future of clean energy technology to at least 300 K-12 students per year through school field trips, virtual and in-person classroom visits, small group tours, and 4-H programs. Visiting students will gain a hands-on understanding of biogas concepts via the farm’s small-scale projects before touring the waste to electricity facility. A marketing campaign featuring “My Food Scraps Make Energy” and “Dragons Eat My Garbage” logos will be developed to encourage food waste diversion in local school districts – each visiting student will receive two eye-catching stickers as well as a snack cooked with biogas. Age appropriate lesson plans, lab exercises and slide shows will be provided to teachers to prime students to bioenergy concepts before visiting. In addition to existing education and outreach staff, in-kind resources will be used to hire an extra part-time college student educator focused solely on renewable energy to accommodate this new program.

The Teagle Foundation – Knowledge for Freedom program. $300,000. (Matthew Pinsker, History). This grant provides Dickinson with three years of support to conduct a Knowledge for Freedom residential summer program for a total of 72 low-income students from underrepresented populations in the central Pennsylvania region, using the House Divided Project at Dickinson College as a gateway for teaching and learning. The goals for this program will be to introduce students to fundamental moral, philosophical and political debates about the historical struggle for freedom in the United States. We will also use this intensive study as a way to help demonstrate the intrinsic value of the liberal arts undergraduate experience. Dickinson has a long history of conducting grant-funded summer programs for youth, and we are confident that our project will prove deeply rewarding for participants and will serve as a catalyst for our institution’s continued engagement with low-income students from around the region.

ffar small adobeFoundation for Food and Agriculture Research. $3,000. (Jenn Halpin, Dickinson College Farm) “Exploring the link between soil and human health: Protein, protein quality, and the nutraceutical amino acid ergothioneine (ERG)” The goal of this project is to support efforts of the Rodale Institute and serve as a venue for field trials to investigate how management practices that alter soil chemical, physical, and biological health indicators over time lead to changes in nitrogen related nutrition (protein, amino acid, protein quality, Vitamin B, ERG) especially ERG that appears to have a clear link to soil microbiology. This project is being led by the Rodale Institute.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection - Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Rebate Program. $10,000. (Ken Shultes, Finance and Administration) “Dickinson College Admissions Parking Lot EV Charging Station” It is proposed to install a dual port electric vehicle charging station to promote sustainability and to provide an immediate visual cue to our community and visitors that we are true to our sustainability brand. This location was selected based on convenience, visibility, and operational sustainability and has been approved by the Space Planning Committee. The station will be available to the extended Dickinson community and to the general public and provide flexibility in terms of access and payment options. If a voucher is approved, this program will pay for approximately 75% of the project cost, with the remainder being paid for by the college’s Green Fund.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection - Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Rebate Program. $10,000. (Ken Shultes, Finance and Administration) “Dickinson College ATS Parking Lot EV Charging Station” It is proposed to install a dual port electric vehicle charging station to promote sustainability and to provide an immediate visual cue to our community and visitors that we are true to our sustainability brand. This location was selected based on convenience, visibility, and operational sustainability and has been approved by the Space Planning Committee. The station will be available to the extended Dickinson community and to the general public and provide flexibility in terms of access and payment options. If a voucher is approved, this program will pay for approximately 75% of the project cost, with the remainder being paid for by the college’s Green Fund.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection - Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Rebate Program. $9,584. (Ken Shultes, Finance and Administration) “Dickinson College Kaufman Hall Parking Lot EV Charging Station” It is proposed to install a dual port electric vehicle charging station to promote sustainability and to provide an immediate visual cue to our community and visitors that we are true to our sustainability brand. This location was selected based on convenience, visibility, and operational sustainability (the Kaufman lot is the home of the college fleet and allows for the future purchase of EV for the fleet) and has been approved by the Space Planning Committee. The station will be available to the extended Dickinson community and to the general public and provide flexibility in terms of access and payment options. If a voucher is approved, this program will pay for approximately 75% of the project cost, with the remainder being paid for by the college’s Green Fund.

National Fish and Wildlife Federation, Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund. $106,237.  (Julie Vastine, ALLARM) “Developing an Integrated Community-based Monitoring Approach to Track Restoration Progress” In collaboration with the Chesapeake Monitoring Council, ALLARM will design comprehensive monitoring plan, and this 15-month project will focus on research and stakeholder engagement, monitoring study design development, and testing of protocols and suggested procedures for restoration monitoring. To this end, ALLARM and the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC) team will leverage relationships with local, county, state and federal agencies, community partners, and restoration experts to ensure that the monitoring plan developed meets diverse needs. 

Alliance for Chesapeake Bay (ACB). $50,000.  (Julie Vastine, ALLARM). The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC), a group of leading organizations aimed at  providing technical, logistical and outreach support to volunteer-based chemical and macro-invertebrate monitoring groups throughout the watershed submits a proposal to purchase and disseminate equipment to facilitate family-level macro-invertebrate collection and analysis throughout the Bay watershed. The CMC team includes: the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (ACB), Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA), Dickinson College's Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). The CMG team will work collectively with volunteer partners to research and develop a macro-invertebrate collection protocol as well as subsequent training materials. Additionally the team will obtain the necessary equipment to facilitate sample collection targeted at filling in data gaps for assessing stream health across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Dickinson’s ALLARM will receive some $1,000 from ACB for travel to associated meetings and data collection.

PA State Conservation Commission, Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) Program. $185,235 (Matt Steiman, Dickinson Farm; Orrstown Bank). The REAP program is designed to enhance farm production and protect natural resources by enabling farmers, landowners, and businesses to earn Pennsylvania state income tax credits in exchange for implementing “Best Management Practices” (BMPs). Dickinson Farm's BMPs are associated with the Biogas Digester planned for construction in 2021. After our administrative partner takes their cut, Dickinson will be able to recoup $176,000 in project costs. 

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - Environmental Quality Service Programs (EQIP). $450,000. (Matt Steiman, Dickinson Farm). Funds will be used to build a biogas digester/electric generation at the Farm. This includes funding for manure management improvements at the neighboring dairy farm (owned by Dickinson, rented to the Hoover family).

Partnership for Better Health. $5,000 (Jennifer Love, Office of the President) "Carlisle Community Action Network’s (CAN) Community Health Campaign." This request would support the purchase of masks that will be available for free from CAN to customers of local businesses. The purpose is to improve the health of the Carlisle and surrounding community in response to COVID-19.

Faculty Awards

NSF Logo2National Science Foundation - Critical-Zone Collaborative Network. Continuing grant of $122,191 (amount obligated); $375,876 (intended award amount). (Jorden Hayes, Earth Sciences) “Collaborative Research: RUI: Network Cluster: Bedrock controls on the deep critical zone, landscapes, and ecosystems” The critical zone (CZ) extends from treetop to bedrock and is Earth’s “breathing skin,” hosting the fluxes of water, nutrients and energy that support terrestrial life. The CZ encompasses geological, hydrological, physical, and biogeochemical processes that together transform fresh (unweathered) bedrock into weathered bedrock, saprolite, and soil – the life-sustaining substrate that blankets Earth’s surface. Increasingly, researchers are recognizing that subsurface processes and structures that are hidden many meters beneath our feet have profound influence on the more familiar life and processes that surround us at the surface. We propose to transform understanding of the deep CZ by establishing a Critical Zone Network Cluster that will provide the scientific community with unprecedented access to, data from, and understanding of the deep CZ. Our proposal is based on a simple but poorly tested idea: namely, that fundamental controls on critical zone structure, evolution, and processes are set at the base of the CZ, through bedrock composition and structure. The work we propose focuses on advancing critical zone science through interdisciplinary studies. These questions can only be tackled by comparing a number of sites, working across key gradients in “forcing functions” such as topography, tectonic setting, lithology, exhumation rate, and climate; we propose an array of sites that span meaningful ranges of several parameters thought to be central to setting the architecture and regulating the processes of the deep CZ. We will explore and characterize the deep CZ with a range of activities, such as drilling, sampling, and large-scale geophysical surveys.

National Park Service (NPS) $47,000. (Matt Pinsker, History) “Underground Railroad National Park Service Interpretive Handbook.” In this project, Pinsker will work with Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) to produce a complete NPS interpretive handbook for the Underground Railroad (UGRR) prepared for and completed in coordination with the NPS’ National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Program. The illustrated guidebook will be some 160 pages and include contributions from 16 UGRR specialists.

NSF Logo2National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources. Continuing grant of $151,765 (amount obligated); $238,353 (intended award amount). (Grant Braught, Mathematics and Computer Science) “Collaborative Research: Broadening Participation through Authentic, Collaborative Engagement with Computing for the Greater Good” Preparing students with the complex mix of technical knowledge and professional skills needed for computing practice is an essential part of computing education (CS 2013, p. 15). Computing educators are also challenged to broaden participation of under-represented groups in the computing profession. To help address these multifaceted educational needs, a growing community of faculty has been incorporating Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) into computing education, allowing students to experience authentic scale and complexity within a structured classroom environment. Experience indicates that this approach can have positive impact on understanding of software engineering, on motivation to study computing, and on the appeal of computing for women students. NSF has supported development of a community of HFOSS educators. OpenPace builds on that foundation to extend and improve HFOSS education and significantly expand the number of students who benefit from this approach. OpenPace has four goals: Goal 1: Provide new approaches to student skill building using the authentic context of humanitarian open source projects. Goal 2: Develop instruction-oriented HFOSS projects to enable guided early professional experiences. Goal 3: Evaluating HFOSS Education. Goal 4: Expanding the HFOSS Education Community.

GNOME Foundation - Community Engagement Challenge (Phase One: Idea). $1,000. (Grant Braught, Farhan Siddiqui, and Michael Skalak, Computer Science) “Broadening Participation through Scaffolded Sustained FOSS Engagement in an Undergraduate Computing Curriculum”

Student Awards