Jonathan Eller, English and The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies
Indiana Historical Society
“Cataloging the Collection, Phase 1: The Bradbury Office Installation South Wall”
$26,315; one-year project ending June 2018. This Project is Phase 1 of a 6-phase plan to inventory, catalog, describe in detail, photograph/scan, and create a searchable multimedia database of the contents of the Bradbury Center. Phase 1 will target the diverse documents located in the file cabinets and correspondence boxes located along the south wall of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies’ core exhibit, the author’s home office. The original file cabinets along the south wall of the installation house diverse documents in situ, including correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, photographs, and personal mementos. Phases 2–6 of the inventory plan will target, respectively, the Los Angeles filing cabinets (2); the Palm Springs cabinets and Palm Springs miscellaneous documents (3); books, magazines, and art (4); artifacts (5); and audiovisual materials (6).
Jennifer Guiliano, Digital History
National Endowment for the Humanities
"Digital Native Studies Project"
$249,817; two-year project ending January 2018. The Digital Native American Studies Project will offer three three-day workshops that will educate participants on issues of digital humanities research and methodology in the context of Native American Studies. Native American Studies, an interdisciplinary field of study exploring the history, culture, politics, issues, and contemporary experience of indigenous peoples of America, intersects with a number of issues related to access, preservation, and methodology that are problematized through the development and deployment of digital tools and methods and the conduct of digital research. These workshops seek to pay attention to the ways in which digital objects, practices, and methods function within Native communities and through Native American Studies scholarship. SLA's Charli Champion-Shaw, Holly Cusack-McVeigh, and Larry Zimmerman are also leaders on the project.
Marianne Matthias, Communication Studies
National Institutes for Health
"Identifying Communicative Factors Affecting Opioid Management for Chronic Pain"
$324,281; two-year project ending March 2018. Opioids prescribed to manage chronic pain can lead to misuse, serious medical complications, and even death. In 2009-2010, over 5 million Americans reported using opioids for non-medical purposes in the past month. In 2008, opioid analgesics were involved in nearly 15,000 deaths-more than from heroin and cocaine. It is a public priority to discover successful opioid management strategies for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (CNCP) and to translate these strategies into practice. Our long-term goal is to develop and test tailored interventions for physicians to improve their communication with patients about opioid treatment. The purpose of this pilot study is to identify communication strategies patients with CNCP and their physicians use to manage opioids.
Rachel Wheeler, Religious Studies
American Council of Learned Societies
"Songs of the Spirit: The Collaborative Hymnody of the Mohican Moravian Missions"
$81,000; one-year fellowship ending May 2018. Dr. Wheeler and her musicologist collaborator, Dr. Sarah Eyerly, will explore the adaptation of the German-Moravian hymn tradition in North American mission contexts by focusing on native authored Mohican language hymn texts preserved in the Moravian Church Archives. Wheeler and Eyerly investigate the collaborative process that brought the hymns into existence and the native and European musical and religious traditions that informed their creation, performance, and use. This collaboration provides new insights into the ways music functioned as a site of cultural encounter between European missionaries and native peoples in early America. Wheeler and Eyerly combine their respective expertise in Native American religious history and musicology to investigate the musical, cultural, and linguistic significance of these hymns.