UM System to invest in humanities research

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On December 1, 2020


From left, Joel Burken, Beth Kania-Gosche and Justin Pope.

Two research projects involving S&T faculty are among the research and creative works projects in the areas of arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences announced recently by the University of Missouri System.

In all, 23 research projects will receive funding from the UM System with matching support from their university. One funded research proposal supports Dr. Justin Pope, assistant professor of history and political science at S&T, who is writing a book that examines the first island-wide slave insurrection in the western hemisphere in Saint John, which is now part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The $20,000 grant will support Pope’s writing in spring 2021 and traveling to the islands to gather archival research.   
A second $35,000 grant is an interdisciplinary project led by Dr. Laura Cole, assistant professor of architectural studies at MU, to develop, pilot and evaluate a water literacy unit for fourth-grade science classrooms.

As part of Cole’s grant, Dr. Joel Burken, Curators’ Distinguished Professor and chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, and Dr. Beth Kania-Gosche, professor and chair of teacher education and certification, will help students build connections between the water cycle and green roof technologies. Kania-Gosche will help design the unit and deliver the professional development to teachers.

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