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Spring 2013 Odyssey Awards

CONWAY, Ark. (March 28, 2013) - The Committee on Engaged Learning (CEL) awarded $191,184.45 in Odyssey grants to 42 projects proposed by faculty and students in the February 2013 cycle. The grand total for funding since the Odyssey Program's inception in 2005 is $2,347,307.28.

The grant recipients and projects include:

  • Asli Ahmed Assimilation of Somali Refugees and Immigrants in North America
  • Drew Allen Summer of Legislative Experience
  • Leslie Allred and Kathryn Thompson Water for All
  • Alan Baltz Catholic Campus Ministries Belize Mission
  • Maya Bastille Arche Warder: Providing a Future for Endangered Domestic Animals
  • Marc Brick An Investigation of Milk Snakes, A Coral Snake Mimic
  • Annalisa Crosmer Piano Performance Experience at a Summer Music Festival
  • Kyle Dineen Enkosini Eco Adventure
  • Nathanael Drahn Music for the Mind
  • Mallory Glick Exploring Sustainable Agriculture Techniques at Battle Rock Farm in Cortez, Colorado
  • Sara Hales Digging for Humanity: Classical Archaeology at Sanisera
  • Reade Huddleston Professional Field Experience with Peticolas Brewing Company
  • Alyssa Jaksich and Dagen Hughes Participation in the NOAA Southeast Nexus (SENEX) field campaign: Studying atmospheric chemistry at the nexus of air quality and climate change
  • Martha Kellems and Meredith Morrison Understanding Health Care and Human Rights in the Developing World
  • Gretchen McCarthy Serving the Children of Senegal
  • Meghan McFadden The Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Avian Communication
  • Emily Mente Summer Stewardship at The Lama Foundation: A Creative Exploration of Service and Spirituality
  • Duncan Moseley An ATR-FTIR study of phytoplankton/mineral surface interactions
  • William Nichol Headfirst Baseball Honor Roll Camp: The Start of a Career
  • Michael Ottenlips From Amateur to Professional: Evolution of the Hendrix Bike Revolution
  • Collin Radack Athletes in Action in Alaska
  • McKenna Raney Archaeological Fieldwork in the Necropolis and Sanisera
  • Amelia Robert Health and Journalism: Summer Research for a Health Journalist
  • Leala Rosen Public Health Education in Pokhara, Nepal
  • William Sebastian A Japanese Journey: Retracing Basho's Narrow Road
  • Maitri Shah Internship in the Child Diagnostic Unit at UAMS
  • Matthew Simmons AIA-New York
  • Kate Skorija and Annie Slattery The American Expatriate Experience: Bangkok
  • Hannah Smashey Ecology in Opera: Green Ethics in The Ring Cycle
  • Emily Smith and Stacey Svendsen Environmental Education and Organic Agriculture: Picalqui
  • Paige Spivey Are Arkansas Queen Snakes a Distinct Species? A Comparative Study
  • Anne Vogt Neonatology and Medical Ethics in New York City
  • Dr. Chris Camfield and Dr. Gabe Ferrer Collaborative Research Experiences in Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Dr. Jennifer Dearolf Effects of prenatal steroids on the fatigue properties of breathing muscles
  • Dr. Liz Gron Ridin' Dirty with Science 2013
  • Dr. Daniel Henderson Feedforward regulation of the exercise ventilatory response under conditions of normocapnia and hypocapnia
  • Dr. Brett Hill Paleolithic Art and the Emergence of Humanity in Southern Europe
  • Dr. Wenjia Liu China Film Odyssey
  • Dr. Andrew Schurko The Splice of Life: Examining Alternative Splicing of Fractured Genes in the Wasp
  • Dr. Todd Tinsley Astrophysics Research Experience for International Students
  • Dr. Ann Willyard Developing molecular markers for the ponderosa pine puzzle
  • Dr. Ann Wright CASSY Robot

The Committee on Engaged Learning gratefully acknowledges the support of the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling and Project Pericles for underwriting the following projects for this summer:

Miller Center

  • Melissa Joens Teaching English Literacy in Panama
  • Elizabeth Krug Engaging in Guatemalan Healthcare

Project Pericles

  • Blake Tierney ActiveMinds: Advocacy, Awareness, and Activity for Mental Health

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