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Faculty receive ACS awards
Birmingham-Southern professors are involved in seven of the 32 grants announced in December by
the Associated Colleges of the South; funding comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the
Teagle Foundation. “That’s an impressive list, and only one sign of just how much our professors have
accomplished,” said BSC Provost Dr. Mark Schantz.
The grants are:
Dr. Pam Hanson, biology, and Dr. Laura Stultz, chemistry, will host a workshop for faculty from
across the ACS to explore models for integrating teaching and research, especially across disciplines.
The two professors already work on several projects designed to show students the connections
between biology and chemistry, especially in cancer research.
Dr. Scot Duncan, biology, and Dr. William Holt, urban environmental studies, will direct student
research in North Birmingham, including an ecology course to study urban streams, an urban
sociology course to develop a neighborhood survey, and an environmental sociology course
conducting a community study in conjunction with a film study project by Dr. David Resha, media
and film studies.
Dr. Leo Pezzementi, biology; Roald Hazelhoff, Southern Environmental Center; and Dr. Wayne
Shew, biology, will work together to add a garden of medicinal plants to the BSC EcoScape.
Students taking ethnobotany will help classify the plants, and an online database will explain their
Dr. Anne Yust, mathematics, will work with faculty from Sewanee, Hendrix, and Rhodes to start
a summer research project for students, culminating with research presentations at an annual
undergraduate mathematics symposium.
Steve Cole, art, and Dr. Randall Law, history, will collaborate on “The Hate Project,” which will
include an art installation at the Durbin Gallery illustrating the 1,018 hate groups active in the
United States, a presentation by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and a panel discussion.
Kent Andersen, English/Hess Center, will work with faculty from Davidson and Sewanee on two
projects designed to allow participants in annual teaching workshops to continue their growth
when they return to their home campuses, and for workshop staff to participate in national
conferences and continue their professional development.
Dr. Larry Brasher, religion, will work with faculty from Sewanee on an interdisciplinary effort to
document the Cumberland Plateau’s healing and mineral springs, the religious understandings of
those sites, and conservation issues facing them via surveys, historical research, ethnography, oral
history, and folklore.