Faculty Funding - News & Updates
Larry Perkins, Ph.D.,
was awarded a $2000 TWU research grant for his work on Deuteronomy contributing to The Hexapla Project. The project aims to collect the scattered remnants of the Old Testament from early Greek translations and create a comprehensive database for purposes of study and comparison. The grant will enable Perkins to travel to the Hexapla Institute, learn to use the database, input material, and gather data. Supported by the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, scholars from Canada, the United States, and Europe work on the project. Once completed, the database will be a resource for people around the world.
Joan Kimball, Ph.D.,
a licensed psychologist and assistant professor in the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program, received a grant from the TWU Research Fund to help in her research on deliberate self-harm. According to Kimball, there has been very little research about “what works” in the treatment of deliberate self-harm (for example, self-cutting and burning). Her research project will ask therapists in Canada and the United States to identify the theories and techniques they have successfully used to help those who are caught in the cycle of self-injury.
Robynne Healey, Ph.D.,
department chair and associate professor of history, and stream coordinator of the Masters in Interdisciplinary Humanities was awarded a $2700 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for a project entitled Faith and Family in Nineteenth-Century Ontario. The project includes transcription of a selection of primary documents dating back to 1800, including diaries, letters, and account books, housed in the Canadian Quaker Archives. Access to these documents will enable Healey to better understand the nature of family relationships and religious identity during the early settlement of Quakers in Ontario. The research will build on Healey’s expertise and work on Quakers and nineteenth-century religious, gender, and family history.
Jeff Warren , Ph.D., (cand.),
assistant professor of music, is researching how music and other sounds alter the way people relate to one another. Whether used to comfort shoppers, deter youth crime, or torture detainees in Guantanamo Bay, music and sound can alter the way people interact with each other. With the help of a TWU Research Fund grant, Warren will examine one sound designed to alter relationships: the traditional Japanese “suikinkutsu” or water harp. He will travel to the Portland Japanese Garden to investigate the use of the water harp, and explore how the sounds are created and used to help people interact more authentically in rituals such as tea ceremonies.
Tony Cummins, Ph.D.,
associate professor of religious studies, recently received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant to fund a research project to develop a series of interrelated essays in which the New Testament gospels address various aspects of our contemporary cultural context. Among the topics under consideration are identity, narrative, plurality, empire, and globalization. These essays will form the basis of a book with the working title, Gospel Narrative and Cultural Criticism: Reading the New Testament Gospels in a Secular Age.
Robert Hiebert, Ph.D.,
professor of Old Testament and director of the Septuagint Institute, received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant to help fund his work in preparing the critical edition of the original Greek version of IV Maccabees, a first century A.D. Jewish composition that provides important theological context for Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity. The project involves creating an online database that facilitates the editing, categorization, and linking of Greek and Syriac manuscript evidence, and provides the capacity to generate the reconstructed original Greek text along with an apparatus of variants to that text. Other scholars and institutions have expressed interest in this cutting-edge technology that may revolutionize how text-critical work of this sort is done in the future.
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