April 27, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - Mount Union professors Dr. Brenda Brasher, Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley, Dr. John Recchiuti and Jeff Smith were recently awarded Sponsored Travel and Research (STAR) grants for the summer of 2001.

Given each spring by the Mount Union College Office of Academic Affairs, the STAR grants are presented to faculty members who submit proposals for projects or research, which are seen by a review panel as innovative, creative and helpful to the development of the individual faculty members.

This year's recipients are from different academic disciplines, and as a result, a variety of activities will be taking place this upcoming summer.

Brasher, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, received the grant for research on the topic, "Women, Gender and the Ethics of Religious Aggression and Violence in the Middle East.

Collins-Sibley, associate professor of English, received the grant for participation in "African-American Autobiography: Reading/Writing Sites and I Construction," a summer institute in California.

Recchiuti, associate professor of history and political science, was awarded the grant for work with editor Jeannette Hopkins on a manuscript, Intellectuals of Consequence: Social Science and the Transformation of Politics in Progressive Era America

Finally, Smith, instructor of psychology at the College, received the grant for research on the topic, "The Temporal and Spatial Progression of Blood-borne Immune Cells Following Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats."

In addition to the STAR grants, two students received the annual Tomsich award for summer research projects. Those students are Melanie Almasy, a junior chemistry major from New Kensington, PA and Ellie Russ, a junior biology major from Canton.

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