- To JULIANA COHEN, assistant professor of health sciences, a five-year, $635,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support faculty and graduate-student research and career development in service of gaining important insights into the prevention of childhood obesity.
- To SISTER JEANNE GRIBAUDO, professor of practice in religious and theological studies, from the Council of Independent Colleges/Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, a two-year, $47,290 grant to support City of God, a new initiative designed to intentionally include the critical questions of vocational discernment as an essential hallmark of students’ education.
- To KYLE McINNIS, associate dean and professor of health sciences, a two-year, $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address the problem of childhood obesity, especially among youth from low-income families. The grant supports McInnis’ Active Science, a nationally recognized program in which children wear activity devices to monitor their own exercise data while engaging in fun games and activities.
- To MERRIMACK COLLEGE, a $10,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to support an assessment of Merrimack’s improved academic course schedule. The Davis Educational Foundation was established by Stanton and Elizabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’ retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets Inc.
- To PROVOST ALLAN WEATHERWAX, a one-year, $100,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust for capital equipment to be used in faculty-student research. This grant provides support for a mass spectrometer and a DNA sequencer, which will directly benefit 200 to 300 students per year in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, health science and environmental studies. The mass spectrometer is one of the most commonly used instruments in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The DNA sequencer is the most widely adopted next-generation sequencing technology worldwide, and will be used by Merrimack students in courses including genetics, immunology and cell biology.