Nicholas Balascio, Assistant Professor of Geology, “Reassessing Human, Climate and Environmental Interactions on Easter Island”
The demise of the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island has been regarded as an iconic example of how poor environmental stewardship can lead to societal decline. However, recent paleoecological and archaeological data challenge the environmental and human history of the island, which has implications for the local culture and our understanding of human-environment interactions. This project (part of a collaboration with scientists at Columbia University and the Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano in Santiago, Chile) will gather new data on this intriguing controversy and engage William & Mary students in collaborative and international research.
Michelle Lelievre, Assistant Professor of Anthropology/American Studies, “Reanimating the Mi’kmaw Cultural Landscape along the Minas Basin’s Northern Shore: Phase 4”
This is a continuation of a project funded by Reves in 2017. The proposed research would be the fourth of a multi-phase, interdisciplinary, and collaborative project to document Mi'kmaw presence on the north shore of the Minas Basin in Nova Scotia, making visible a long-term indigenous history that has often been rendered invisible (or ignored) by the settler population. This phase has three objectives: sub-surface archaeological testing at Newville Lake; gathering oral historical and archival data; and building support for the project with the Mi'kmaw nation.
Patrick Mullen, Assistant Professor of Education, “Exploring the Implementation of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs in International Department of Defense Education Activity K-12 Settings”
This project will study school counselors in international Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) K-12 schools to learn more about the experiences of school counselors in international DoDEA K-12 schools with: implementing counseling services with students and their families; and with assessing, intervening, and supporting students’ academic, social/emotional, and career development. The goal is to study the unique needs of students and families in international DoDEA K-12 schools and to have students engage in qualitative research on an international level. The findings and experiences gained from this project will result in enhanced training opportunities for counseling students.
Oludamini Ogunnaike, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, “Islamic Philosophy in Indonesia: A Contemporary Case Study”
The project will explore the vibrant, but grossly understudied, formal traditions of Islamic learning that take place outside of Western-style educational institutions. The project aims to contribute to the broadening of academic discourse and building of bridges between different intellectual and philosophical traditions through its exploration of the work and learning communities headed by Muhammad Baqir, a popular, contemporary Indonesian Islamic Philosopher and Sufi scholar. Students will learn about the methods and challenges of cross-cultural philosophy, as well as research and interview methods, theories, and techniques.