2009 Grant Recipients

Sharon Alker (English) and Theresa DiPasquale (English)
Experiencing the Virtual Archive
Description: Two-year subscription to the ProQuest database Early English Books Online (EEBO). This subscription will allow us to expand and deepen existing assignments in our courses, to introduce new assignments, and to design a new course on the History of the Book. We will also take steps to inform our colleagues in all three divisions about the pedagogical potential of EEBO and to encourage its use across the curriculum.

Brien Garnand (History) and Brian Dott (History)
Ancient Empires/Old World Encounters
Description: A digital text initiative for comparative history.

Michelle Janning (Sociology), Gilbert Mireless (Sociology), Noah Leavitt (Sociology), Bill Bogard (Sociology), Keith Farrington (Sociology), Helen Kim (Sociology) and Kari Norgaard (Sociology)
Public and Applied Sociology in the Curriculum Community
Description: Year-long series of events that would assess, unify, and enhance curricular offerings in applied and public sociology.

John Kitchens (Education) and Bryan Lubbers (WCTS)
Incorporating GIS in the Classroom

Description: Develop and administer workshops to integrate GIS (Global Information Systems) into student and faculty research.

Rogers B. Miles (Religion)
Sampling the Religious Soundscapes of the Pacific Northwest
Description: To build a fieldstudies component that will enable students to capture sound in the field and to incorporate that sound as audio annotations to their ethnographic investigations of the aural worlds created by religious traditions.

Deberah Simon (Chemistry), Mare Blocker (Art), Charles Timm-Ballard (Art) and Kirsten Nicolaysen (Geology)
Enhancing the Collaborative Hands-on Experience of the Chemistry of Art
Description: This grant will expand the scope, depth, and collaborative nature of CHEM 102 (The Chemistry of Art) by offering more opportunities for hands-on study of the influence of the chemistry of materials on the production of art. It will foster a greater collaboration between the Chemistry, Art, and Geology departments at Whitman, as well as bringing in experts and artists in both chemistry and art from the community. The study of bronze patinas, which are already a topic of the class, will be enhanced by a field trip to the Walla Walla Foundry and by interviews with local sculptors. Native American pottery and petroglyphs of the Columbia River and Eastern Oregon region will be analyzed through instrumentation and expertise shared by the departments.

Phil Thompson (Communications), Kyle Singer (WCTS), David Schmitz (History) and Polly Schmitz (Alumni)
Distributing Digital Learning via iTunes U
Description: Support the digital distribution of historical lectures and visiting speakers, as well as major college events via the iTunes U service. This will enhance the learning experience by making available content that now is not easily accessible to students and the public.