The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment Senior Fellow Program was designed to support faculty pursuing an innovative research agenda with a strong potential for significant future funding from government agencies, corporations, industrial consortia, or foundations. The program provided an opportunity for a faculty member to prepare to lead a project by developing new expertise in a research area or further developing an existing area of research.
Past Senior Fellows
Anthony Peguero, assistant professor of Sociology, used his time as a fellow to strengthen his research on school securitization by establishing relationships and collaboration with other researchers as well as funding agencies. Dr. Peguero also implemented a mixed-methods study about securing schools and educational progress. This involved travel to other universities' research institutes and centers.
France Bélanger, professor of Accounting & Information Systems, focused her efforts on developing new expertise on mobile technology addiction by learning about research on addiction in the health sciences. She conducted a literature review on the subject matter, analyzed that data to identify major themes, and developed relationships with health professionals and researchers with expertise in the areas related to addiction. Dr. Bélanger will continue to further her expertise in this area and prepare proposals for federal funding for a longitudinal study of mobile addiction.
Sheryl Ball, professor of Economics, focused her efforts on developing new skills and expertise in neuroeconomics. She participated in several data analysis training courses, completed fMRI advanced user training, and attended several workshops on funding for neuroscience research. Dr. Ball also presented a poster at the Society for Neuroscience. conference and contributed to the development of three interdisciplinary research proposals.
Toni Calasanti, professor of Sociology, used her time as an ISCE Senior Fellow to lay the groundwork for the development of two proposals related to the aging gay and lesbian population. This involved travelling to potential recruitment sites across the country, meeting with relevant personnel in different agencies, and conducting pilot interviews.
Martha Ann Bell
Martha Ann Bell, professor of Psychology, focused her efforts on learning a new research methodology, the Event Related Potential (ERP) recorded during infant cognitive processing. This involved reading the literature, having conversations with ERP researchers, and visiting three ERP research labs.
Bernice Hausman, professor of English, used her fellowship to educate herself in the rhetoric of decision-making and in current scholarship on vaccination. She became involved with a group pursuing NIH's Culture, Health, and Wellbeing initiative.
Sonia Hirt, associate professor of Urban Affairs and Planning and the School of Public and International Affairs, was awarded the first ISCE Senior Fellow in Spring 2012. During her fellowship semester, she focused her efforts on three fronts: collecting data, seeking grants to sponsor further work, and analysis and writing based on previously collected data.
Why Social Science?
Bill Riley, Director of NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research writes about the importance of research into the social determinants of health and illness.
Thomas Ewing's research on the Spanish Flu.