Grant winners – 18 June 2015

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

June 18, 2015
Grant winners

Leverhulme Trust

Research Fellowships

Development and application of a new shoreline response model

Ensemble methods for optimisation

Cell wall mechanics and stomatal function


Language agency: new foundations for a theory of communication

Pious vandalism: building temples in the Tamil Renaissance, 1850‑1930

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Research grants

Rhizosphere by design: breeding to select root traits that physically manipulate soil

  • Award winner: Eileen Wall
  • Institution: SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College
  • Value: £271,755

Developing next-generation genetic improvement tools from next-generation sequencing

Novel targets for increased muscle growth or feed efficiency

Using SBEM and cellular electron tomography to study the basal body/pro-basal body linker

Understanding essential roles of microtubule regulators during synapse formation and maintenance

In detail

US-UK Fulbright Commission: Fulbright Scholar Award

Award winner: Philip Kaisary
Institution: University of Warwick
Value: About £40,000 ($60,000)

From the Haitian Revolution to Appomattox: law, slavery and citizenship in the Atlantic World, 1791-1865

This project will explore the impact of the Haitian Revolution of 1791 to 1804 on 19th-century debates about liberty and bondage in the US and around the Atlantic more widely. “The Haitian Revolution was the only successful slave revolt in world history, and I am especially interested in its impact on the discourses of free black men and women in the antebellum United States,” Philip Kaisary, assistant professor of law at the University of Warwick, told Times Higher Education. Scholars have long overlooked the Haitian Revolution, Professor Kaisary said. “The field is young and much work remains. I am hopeful that through this project I will be able to offer a more nuanced account of 19th-century interpretations of the revolution,” he continued. “The project will cast new light on the significance of the decline of slavery in the 19th century for our world today. It will also encourage a shift of perspective that gives the Haitian Revolution a place in American and Atlantic history that is much more central than the one it enjoys today. The work will, in addition, recall the voices of Haiti’s ex-slave revolutionaries and their still-unfulfilled project of dignity, justice and liberation.”

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