We have just learned that another member of our faculty has been awarded a National Science Foundation Grant, which will also include our ACURA students. “The Place Names of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago,” now supported with a $50,000 grant from the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation, will gather together in Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2015, a team of researchers from the U.S., Russia, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Holland, and the U.K., whose work has documented the history of exploration in the islands. This scholarship will be used to develop the cooperative international parameters for the first synthetic English-language geographic nomenclature for these Arctic islands. It will also provide a comprehensive international research experience for up to six undergraduate students participating in the Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities (ACURA) program. These students will both participate and provide support for the Oslo workshop, and receive guided tours of this ‘City of Explorers’ and the Viking, Fram, and Kon-Tiki museums. The proposal was awarded to Dr. Peter Capelotti.
We were also pleased to learn that Dr. Jake Benfield was awarded a Research Collaboration Fellowship for the Summer of 2014 from the University. These fellowships encourage collaborations between faculty at the major research institutes at University Park and the College of Medicine and the other campuses and provide up to $10,000 of seed money. Dr. Benfield will be collaborating with Dr. Joshua Smyth, a Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Medicine, on a project entitled Soundscape – Induced Psychological and Biolbehavioral Stress Recovery. Jake, serves as a Division Senator, along with numerous other committee assignments.
We offer our congratulations to these members of our community. This has been a very successful year for us in terms of research, scholarship and creative activities.