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John Hranitz, biology professor and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, received a National Science Foundation grant of $316,000 to study the integrative biology of bees during summer 2013. Hranitz is partnering with the University of Central Oklahoma to study the behavior of honeybees and solitary bees in natural pollination systems and their responses to environmental stressors.
Researchers on the eight-week project in Turkey and Greece will include faculty from six universities in three countries, as well as student researchers.
Alumna has ASL research published
Heather Hamilton, a recent American Sign Language graduate, had her undergraduate Honors Independent Study research on “Gender Variation in American Sign Language” published this summer by the National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC). According to Hamilton, she analyzed videos of five men and five women for variation between the genders, specifically looking at variation in the length of the stories, the use of hand listing, the use of pronouns, and lexical variations. The entire research project lasted three semesters.
She found that women, on average, had longer stories than the men. The women were more likely to use pronouns than the men were and used them with more frequency than the men did, Hamilton says. Finally, women tended to produce their signs in higher locations or in citation form while men produced their signs lower or in non-citation form. Hamilton said the goal was to find new variations as well as to support the gender variations found in the research completed by Lucas, Bayley, and Valli (2003). In conclusion, she says more research needs to be done in this area and on ASL in general.
Rural homelessness to get closer look thanks to grant
Heather Feldhaus, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts, was recently awarded a $14,000 grant to study rural homelessness in collaboration with the Columbia County Housing Authority, Columbia-Montour Homelessness Task Force and researchers from Bucknell University and Lycoming College. The study will identify, gather and evaluate existing patterns of homelessness and housing insecurity. Researchers will report on the current situation and collaborate on a long-term plan to better measure and track homelessness in rural Pennsylvania.