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Support for First-time Grant Writing Award Recipients

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development is pleased to announcement the recipients of this year's Support for First-Time Grant Writing awards.

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development is pleased to announcement the recipients of this year's Support for First-Time Grant Writing awards.

Jeremy Cohen, Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • "Dynamic Connectivity Modeling of Human Emotion Networks during Social Stress"
  • Dr. Cohen will apply for a 2-year, $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health's Small Research Grant Program. This grant will enable Dr. Cohen and Dr. Jeffrey Rouse at Tulane School of Medicine to study "brain network connectivity models of threatening social stimuli" as well as "test the feasibility of using real-time fMRI biofeedback to adjust levels of activity in key emotional regions-of-interest."

Samrat Dutta, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

  • "Examining the Interactions of CO2 with Ionic Liquids"
  • Dr. Dutta will apply for a 3-year, $250,000 grant from the National Energy Technology Laboratory's Support of Advanced Fossil Resource Utilization Research by Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions program. This grant will help Dr. Dutta study "sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere with ionic liquids" in order to reduce the amount of water and energy wasted by current methods of capturing CO2 produced by coal-powered plants.

Morewell Gasseller, Assistant Professor of Physics

  • "Investigation of Aerosol Properties by Atomic Force Microscopy"
  • Dr. Gasseller will apply for a 3-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program: Research Initiation Award. This grant will help Dr. Gasseller use "microscopy techniques to study [...] the effects of aerosols on the atmosphere, climate, and public health."

As a part of the expanded mission CAT+FD adopted in 2015, the Support for First-Time Grant Writing initiative provides faculty members who have never served as a primary investigator with release time to develop, write, and submit their first grant proposals. This initiative is funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

You can read more about this and our many other initiatives on our web site at

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About Jason S. Todd

Jay Todd studied writing with Frederick and Steven Barthelme and Mary Robison at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. His fiction has appeared in journals such as Southern California Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Fiction Weekly, and 971 Magazine. Since 2007, he has been a member of Department of English at Xavier, where he teaches American Literature, Freshman Composition, Modern English Grammars, and The Graphic Novel and Social Justice. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Todd served as Xavier's Writing Center Director. From 2010 until 2015, he served as QEP Director, managing Xavier's Read Today, Lead Tomorrow initiative. In 2015, he became the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development's first Associate Director for Programming. As Associate Director for Programming, Dr. Todd assists in providing high-quality, relevant, evidence-based programming in support of CAT+FD's mission to serve faculty across all career stages and areas of professional responsibility.

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