Jepson Fellows for 2017-18 and Their Project Summaries

Shumona Dasgupta, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication (English, College of Arts and Sciences)

Locating Violence: The Partition in South Asian Literature, Culture and Film”

Project Summary: My interdisciplinary book project focuses on the representation and memorialization of the violent Partition of India (1947). The book analyzes the process of historical revisionism inaugurated in the aftermath of the Partition crisis. It explicates upon literary and cinematic texts which interrupt hegemonic constructions of national identity, reveal the nexus between violence and gender practices while exploring the representation of trauma, social suffering, mourning and the precarious survival of community and the self.

Daniel Hirshberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion (Religion, College of Arts and Sciences)

Analyzing, Translating, and Teaching the Renowned Testament of the Lotus-Born from Tibet.

 Project Summary: To explore the evolution of the narrative describing Tibet’s conversion to Buddhism and work toward developing a thoroughly annotated translation.

Davis Oldham, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry (College of Arts and Sciences)

Development of a method for the enzymatic separation of chiral esters”

 Project Summary: The aims of the project are two-fold: (1) to develop an efficient way for developing new molecules necessary for my research and (2) to create new organic chemistry labs which teach students about the art of synthesizing chiral molecule, an emerging field within organic chemistry.

Jason Sellers, Assistant Professor, Department of History and American Studies (History, College of Arts and Sciences)

Embodied Landscapes: Lenape Indians and the Origins of Race in Colonial America”

Project Summary: To complete three chapters of a book project tracing the evolving relationship between human bodies and physical landscapes as articulated by Lenape Indians and European colonists.

Jennifer Walker, Assistant Professor, College of Education

“The Impact of a Critical Friends Group Professional Development Model on Pre-Service Teachers’ Development of Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans”

Project Summary:  In an effort to address the challenges of managing problematic student behavior, it has been suggested that all personnel, including general education teachers, be trained on the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) process. This mixed methods study will investigate how engaging in a Critical Friends Group professional development model impacts pre-service teachers’ understanding and development of FBAs and BIPs as a way to identify and develop strategies for problematic student behavior.

Ping Yin, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography (College of Arts and Sciences)

“Using Geographic Information System (GIS) to Analyze the Spatial Accessibility and Utilization of Prenatal Care in Georgia, U.S.A”

Project Summary:  This project will use GIS and statistical methods to thoroughly explore the landscape of spatial accessibility to prenatal care in Georgia, identify the geographic areas with access barriers, and assess the impact of spatial accessibility on prenatal care utilization. Its results can assist public health authorities to improve prenatal care utilization and reduce disparity in maternal and infant health. The project can also greatly enrich GIS course contents and provide significant research opportunities to students.