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For Immediate Release: May 23, 2012

Providence College Faculty Awarded Research Grants for 2012-2013 Academic Year  

Providence, R.I. – The following Providence College faculty were recently awarded grants from the College’s Committee on Aid to Faculty Research (CAFR) to conduct research throughout the 2012-13 academic year:

  • Dr. Comfort Ateh, assistant professor of secondary education, “Pre-Service Teachers’ Evolving Knowledge and Practice of Formative Assessment.” $7,681.00;
  • Dr. Richard Battistoni, professor of political science and public and community service studies, “Civic Identity in the Real World: How Multi-term Cohort Based Undergraduate Civic Engagement Programs Impact Civic Action After College.” $3,705.00;
  • Dr. Catherine Gordon-Seifert, professor of music, “The Spirit Transformed: Converting Women Through French Sacred Song (1655-1700),” $6,701.00;
  • Dr. Todd Harper, assistant professor of music, “The Heart of the People – The Legacy of Korean Folk Music in Modern Day South Korea Since the Establishment of the Demilitarized Zone,” $5,835.00;
  • Dr. Colin Jaundrill, assistant professor of history, “Reappraising the Modern Japanese Military,” $6,000.00;
  • Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, associate professor of history, “Free From Every Thrall: A History of Labor Day in Progressive Era America,” $5,000.00;
  • Dr. Stephen Mecca, professor of engineering-physics-systems, “Field tests for a prototype solar water purification system for development,” $5,852.00;
  • Dr. Jay Pike, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, $5,150.00;
  • Dr. Shannon Rauch, assistant professor of psychology, “The persuasive power of victim-based racial messages: The effects of collective guilt and racial ambivalence,” $5,468.00;
  • Dr. Sang Woo Kang, assistant professor of music, “A Cultural Exchange: The Music of Isang Yun in Performance and Pedagogy,” $3,807.00;
  • Dr. Raymond Sickinger, professor of public and community service studies and history, “Frederic Ozanam: Life, Legacy, and Lessons,” $6,000.00;
  • Dr. Thomas Strasser, professor of art and art history, “Optical Stimulated Luminescence Dating of a Palaeolithic Site in Southwest Crete,” $3,366.00;
  • Dr. Su-Jeong Kang, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, “Strict compatibility of the coniveau filtration,” $5,920.00;
  • Dr. Charles Toth, associate professor of biology at Providence College, “Regulation of Regulatory Gene Expression During Blood Cell Differentiation in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells,” $4,773.00;
  • Dr. Arthur Urbano, assistant professor of theology, “Wisdom Made Visible: Iconography and the Fashioning of Philosophical Culture in Late Antiquity,” $6,200.00.

Since its inception nearly 40 years ago, CAFR has awarded more than $1.8 million to support scholarly research activities that enrich the academic life of the College. For 2012-2013, the grants total $81,458. 


​​Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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