Active Grants

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Calvin Institute of Worship Arts

$18,000 – Dr. Jeremy Perigo, PI
Teacher-Scholar Vital Worship Grant
This project will provide Dordt worship arts students the opportunity to study the work of leading worship scholars and practitioners from diverse cultural and liturgical backgrounds—expanding their cultural horizons and encouraging great theological depth as worship leaders.

National Institutes of Health

$31,000 – Dr. Nathan Tintle, PI
Circulating fatty acids, genetics of inflammation and AD-related dementia and cognitive decline - Subaward
This project will explore how circulating fatty acids, a marker of nutritional intake, interact with genetics to impact cognitive outcomes like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Lilly Foundation

$3,000 – Howard Schaap, PI; Matt Drissell, Co-PI
Rewiring Diversity for cultivating antiracist education at Dordt University.

Gilchrist Foundation

$4,450 – Dr. Jeremy Hummel, PI
Telling the Insect Story at the Prairie Woods Nature Center, Oak Grove Park, Sioux County, IA
An award to develop insect outreach resources for the Prairie Woods Nature Center (PWNC). Funds will be used to develop and house topical insect collections which highlight insect biology and ecology, to develop displays and accompanying brochures for nature center visitors, and to help create a synoptic insect collection, which contains representatives of every species documented from Oak Grove Park.

National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute

$125,000 – Dr. Nathan Tintle, PI, Jason Westra, Co-PI
Analyzing the Behavior and Interpreting the Results of Gene-Based Tests of Rare Variant Association   
A supplemental award for this project, to develop and apply a variety of novel approaches for the analysis of human next-generation sequencing data, primarily in the context of genome-wide association studies.

National Science Foundation

$249,254 – Dr. Manuela A. A. Ayee, PI; Dr. Nathan Tintle, Dr. Joshua Zhu, Dr. Channon Visscher, Dr. Nick Breems, Co-PIs
Acquisition of a High-Performance Computing Cluster for Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching
This project will significantly impact research and teaching at Dordt University by funding the acquisition of a new High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster.

Sioux Center Community Foundation

$925 – Jennifer Breems, PI
Digitization of B.J. Haan Audio Cassettes
The Hulst Library at Dordt University will digitize 15 deteriorating and fragile cassette recordings of B.J. Haan, Dordt’s first president.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION – ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

$1,200,000 - Dr. Valorie Zonnefeld - PI, Dr. Tom Clark, Dr. Jeff Ploegstra, and Dr. Ryan Zonnefeld - Co-PIs
Noyce Scholars: Preparing STEM Teachers to Serve in High-Need, Rural School Districts
Dordt will recruit, prepare, and retain highly-qualified STEM teachers to teach in high-need rural school districts.

National Science Foundation

$649,947 - Dr. Manuela A.A. Ayee - PI, Dr. Ethan Brue, Dr. Valorie Zonnefeld, Dr. Nathan Tintle, and Dr Kari Sanduoka - Co-PIs
Retention of Undergraduates in STEM: Reducing Barriers to Success in Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science
This project will contribute - through scholarships - to the national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technicians by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$579,995 - Dr. Nathan Tintle - PI, in collaboration with California Polytechnic State University, Hope College, and Pennsylvania State University
Broadening the Impact and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Randomization-based Curricula for Introductory Statistics
This project focuses on the development of instructor resources supporting the use and implementation of a radical new way to teach introductory statistics. The project also involves multiple workshops to train faculty on using the curriculum and a substantial assessment project examining transferability and developmental learning trajectories.

National Institute of Health / National Human Genome Research Institute

$352,738 - Dr. Nathan Tintle - PI
Analyzing the Behavior and Interpreting the Results of Gene-Based Tests of Rare Variant Association
This project is developing and applying a variety of novel approaches for the analysis of human next-generation sequencing data, primarily in the context of genome-wide association studies.

National Science Foundation

$271,180 - Dr. Nathan Tintle, PI
Modeling Transcriptome Inferred Gene Activity States for the Investigation of Metabolic and Regulatory Diversity of Sequenced Microbes
This project is modelling transcriptomic inferred gene activity states.

National Science Foundation

$225,000 - Dr. Chris Goedhart, PI; Tim Floen, Co-PI
Expanding ATE by Developing and Implementing a Model Program for Holistic Technician Education at a Small, Rurally-located Private College
This project seeks to develop, establish, grow, and evaluate new associate of science degree programs that can meet regional workforce demands.