Research Grants in Language and Sciences Awarded
May 2, 2011 – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded biologyprofessor Steven Singer a $460,500 grant to research new strategies for treating common diseases such as celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Singer, chair of the biology department, has been involved in researching how giardia, the most common protozoan cause of diarrhea, results in nutrient malabsorption that may lead to defects in cognitive development.
Kathy Kretman, director for the Center of Public and nonprofit Leadership, received a $540,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for an Executive Leadership Institute Initiative. The three-year grant will support three institutes. One will focus on support for the duPont Fund’s 152 eligible nonprofit grantee organizations, which include the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida and the National Endowment of the Arts. Another institute will work to build stronger governing boards by bringing together executive directors and board chairs to work on issues facing their organizations. The third institute is designed to prepare up-and-coming nonprofit managers for leadership at the highest levels of their organizations.
Graham Katz, assistant professor of linguistics, received a $352,737 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the use and interpretation of gradable modal expressions. He will conduct research with his colleagues – Paul Portner, professor of linguistics, and Elena Herburger, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Gradable modals are words that describe degrees of probability, permissibility and likelihood and are widely used in medical, business and security discourse. Katz, whose research focuses on logical and computational models of meaning, heads the linguistics department’s computational linguistics program.
Clay Shields, associate professor of computer science, received a $175,361 grant from the Naval Postgraduate School to develop computer forensic tools that can accurately identify files that match content similar to that of a given collection of files. Shields’ research focuses on issues in large-scale computer forensics and in network security, particularly means of providing individual privacy.