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Faculty Research Grants: 2007 Recipients

Congratulations to these professors! These grants were made possible through alumni gifts to the Alumni Association via the Spark Voluntary Subscription Drive.

Bruce Berglund

Bruce Berglund ($3910)

Plecnik in Prague: Christianity, Culture, and Modernity in Central Europe, 1905-1935
This project provides support for research in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Croatia for a book-length study of Catholic and Protestant artists and thinkers in early 20th-century Eastern Europe. The focal figure of the study is architect Joze Plecnik (1872-1957), who completed major projects in Prague and his native Slovenia in the interwar period.


Crystal Bruxvoort

Crystal Bruxvoort ($5000)
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Opportunities for Preservice Teachers to Participate in Research Institutes
This grant will enable Calvin student reseachers to be involved in the execution and evaluation of a middle school science research institute.

David Diephouse

David Diephouse ($1850)

Between Fatherland and Kingdom of God: Theophil Wurm and German Protestant Identity, 1868-1953
This grant provides travel support for analysis of the social and political content of a Sunday newspaper supplement edited by the German church leader Theophil Wurm prior to World War I, as part of a comprehensive critical biography of Wurm.

Margaret Edgell

Margaret Edgell ($3000)
Economics & Business

Comparative Higher Education Policy
This grant provides travel assistance to do research at the Center for Higher Education Policies Studies, Universite of Twente, the Netherlands.

Don Hettinga

Don Hettinga ($5000)

Benjamin and William Franklin
This project involves travel for archival and geographical research in England for one section of a book-length historical work on Benjamin and William Franklin, specifically the section related to the years Benjamin spent in England and Scotland with his son.

Amy Patterson

Amy Patterson ($5000)
Political Science

Protestants and the Politics of AIDS in Zambia and Ghana
This project investigates the role of Protestant churches in shaping policies to fight HIV/AIDS in Zambia and Ghana. The alumni grant will fund travel to Lusaka, Zambia for Patterson and a student researcher to conduct interviews with Zambian pastors.

Carl Plantinga

Carl Plantinga ($1020)
Communication Arts & Sciences

Moral Judgment and the Movie Viewer
This grant funds a student researcher to gather and synthesize material pertinent to moral judgment in movies. The project will demonstrate the rhetorical means by which visual narratives persuade viewers to take various moral positions.

Bill Van Vugt

Bill Van Vugt ($2950)

The Lion and the Eagle: Britain and the United States, 1776-1918
This grant provides travel assistance for research in London and Cambridge University following a conference on the 400 years of British-American relations since the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607.

Jolene Vos-Camy

Jolene Vos-Camy ($280)

Women's Friendship and Faith in Catherine Bernard's "Eléonor d'Yvrée"
This grant provides partial funding for McGregor researcher Paula Kielstra to present a paper at a national conference.

Benita Wolters-Fredlund

Benita Wolters-Fredlund ($950)

Judas Maccabaeus as Revolutionary Jewish Hero: Progressive Jewish Readings of Handel's Oratorio during the Holocaust
This project involves historical research and musicological examination of the first Yiddish versions of Handel's Judas Maccabaeus which are housed in New York City, with observations about how new versions were created to suit both a historical context and the identity of the groups involved in performing them.