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Three Salem State professors awarded grants to study domestically and abroad

Posted by Terri Ogan  March 29, 2013 12:24 PM

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Three members of the Salem State University faculty have been selected as recipients of the a highly competitive grant from the Trustees of the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation.

The organization annually provides funding support to New England college and university professors to study domestically and abroad.

Whiting Foundation fellowships were established in 1965 to stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers in order to enhance the quality of their instruction. The three Salem State professors are among 27 chosen from 93 applications.

Political science professor Jennifer Jackman’s award is for travel to Yellowstone National Park to participate in the seminar Stewardship of Public Lands: Politics and the Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The seminar will focus on controversies over wolves, bison, and grizzly bears. Jackman recently presented her research on human-coyote conflicts at the Cape Cod Natural History Conference and Cape Wildlife Center Lecture Series.

Sociology professor Yvonne Vissing, who also serves as director of Salem State’s Center for Childhood and Youth Studies, received a grant to support her conversations with faculty and administrators at model programs in childhood and adolescent studies at universities in the United Kingdom.

Her goal is to determine how they instruct undergraduate and graduate students in the delivery of interdisciplinary and interdepartmental instruction.

English professor Stephenie Young’s grant will support a trip to Chile and Argentina.

There, she will conduct research on late 20th-century Latin American literature and visual arts associated with human rights for two new courses she will teach for the English department and for the university’s new Holocaust and Genocide Studies certificate program.

The grant will allow Young the opportunity to collect essential course material from national libraries, archives, museums, and memorial sites in the region.

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