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“Faculty and staff research and teaching are being recognized on a national level in the arts, humanities and social sciences. We are proud of their achievements and celebrate their success.”

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty and Staff Awarded National Research Grants for Innovative Projects

October 23, 2009 – Faculty and staff in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are consistently recognized with several national, competitive research grants for their innovative programs. The following are a few of their recent awards:

The Center for History Education is a partner in its seventh $1-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a project that will incorporate “history labs” into elementary, middle and high school classrooms. The labs focus on critical thinking skills and the utilization of primary source documents to help students construct historical narratives. Since 2001, the Center has served nearly 40,000 students throughout the state of Maryland and is recognized as an organization dedicated to invigorating the teaching of history in Maryland. The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) received $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help fund a traveling exhibit that examines the role visual images played in shaping the fight for U.S. civil rights. The exhibit, which will travel to New York and Washington, D.C. before coming to UMBC, is curated by award-winning CADVC Senior Research Scholar Maurice Berger. A $200,000 MacArthur Foundation grant will help Professor and Chair of Economics Scott Farrow launch a scholarly journal examining areas of social policy such as the environment, health, energy, natural hazards and terrorism. The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis will examine the total cost of social policy against its expected benefits to promote the most efficient use of society’s resources. The journal is sponsored by the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and published by Berkeley Electronic Press. Farrow’s personal research integrates risk and economics, specifically the economic evaluation of environmental and natural resource policies. Shari R. Waldstein, professor of psychology, received an award of more than $3.1 million from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. This grant will help Waldstein and her collaborators determine the respective influences of race and socioeconomic status in brain health, particularly among individuals prone to future stroke or dementia. She also recently completed a five-year position as associate editor for the journal, Health Psychology.

 


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