acCLAim Research and Scholarly Work Newsletter
Vol. 10, Issue 12, May 2021
Researcher of the Month
- Miriam Solomon—PhD; professor and interim chair, philosophy; Guggenheim Fellow 2019–2020
Philosophy asks deep and general questions about existence, methodology and value, but it need not be inquiry done “from an armchair.” In my view (following the work of philosophers such as W. V. Quine), philosophy is continuous with science and other areas of empirical inquiry. I have always worked at the intersection of philosophy of science, history of science and sciences themselves, asking questions about the nature of scientific method(s), the sources of disagreement and agreement among scientists, and the meaning of scientific progress. Read more.
- Jay Lockenour, associate professor of history, Dragonslayer: The Legend of Erich Ludendorff in the Weimar Republic and Third Reich
Professor Lockenour's latest book, Dragonslayer, argues that despite Erich Ludendorff’s interwar political failures and relative personal isolation, he remained a powerful symbol of Germany’s past military prowess and the embodiment of many Germans’ fantasies of revenge for the lost war. The work follows Ludendorff’s life from the end of the war until his death in 1937 and traces the construction of a legend around him that gives insight into the political cultures of the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich.
For more information on this fascinating biography, follow the links below.
Award of the Month
Featured this month is David V. Smith, assistant professor of psychology. Professor Smith has been awarded a grant by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Social Reward Processing Across the Lifespan: Identifying Risk Factors for Financial Exploitation. The award will total roughly $3.5 million over the next five years. Co-investigators on the project are Johanna Jarcho, Tania Giovannetti and Ingrid Olson from the Department of Psychology.
Financial exploitation is becoming increasingly common, especially among older adults. Although the threat of exploitation may be greater in those at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias (ADRD), relatively little is known about what makes some individuals more likely to become victims of financial exploitation. This NIA project will begin to address this issue by assessing age-related differences in financial decision-making in social contexts (e.g., exchanging money with other people). The project will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure brain responses associated with decision-making and reward. These brain responses will be related to neuropsychological assessments, as well as to responses on questionnaires assessing socioemotional functioning and risk for financial exploitation. The research team will also investigate the role of sociodemographic factors and health-related variables, including vascular health and white matter hyperintensities, which have been linked to ADRD. The overarching goals of the project are to understand the interplay between social and financial decision-making across the lifespan and individuals at risk for ADRD, and start the road to translation by characterizing risk factors for financial exploitation among vulnerable groups.
- Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, professor of psychology, has received funding from the Lego Foundation for the project A Global Research Report on Playful Learning.
- For the project Developing Returning Citizen Leaders, Lori Pompa, instructor in the Criminal Justice Department, has received funding from the Mayors Fund for Philadelphia.
Internal Funding Opportunities
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Sampling of External Funding Opportunities
Summer National Science Foundation Deadlines
- July 20: Biological Anthropology
- Aug. 2: Perception, Action and Cognition
- Aug. 13: Cognitive Neuroscience
- Aug. 16: Accountable Institutions and Behavior
- Aug. 16: Cultural Anthropology doctoral dissertation grants
- Aug. 16: Sociology
- Aug. 18: Economics
Development Opportunities and Research News
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