• Herpetology Lab

    Professor of Biology Mike Dorcas and students surgically implant radio transmitters in a python in the Herpetology Lab.

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Faculty Research

Whether tracking pythons in the Everglades, designing apps for sports ranking, analyzing recent insurgencies around the world, studying ancient civilizations in Mexico or Greece, or constructing bacterial computers, Davidson faculty are solving important problems, developing useful tools, and contributing to our understanding of the world. Davidson is also a place where the original production of art in many forms enriches and gives meaning to our lives.

PUBLICATIONS

More than half of the faculty published, showed, or performed original work for a range of audiences beyond Davidson over the last five years. The publications included 56 books, 46 book chapters, 655 scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals, 139 web-based publications and 85 performances or exhibits of their art. Approximately 60 percent of faculty members publish with undergraduate co-authors.

FUNDING

In the past five years, faculty supported their research with $10.3 million in funding from federal, state, and private funding agencies. These agencies include the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Geographic Society, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and the North Carolina Arts Council. The funding allows faculty members to purchase scientific equipment, to travel to distant research sites, museums and archives around the world, and to provide summer research fellowships for Davidson undergraduates. Faculty are eligible to apply for internal funding for research through the Faculty Study and Research Grant. The deadline is Jan. 30, 2015.

FACILITIES

Well-equipped research labs on Davidson's campus rival many Research 1 institutions. Science faculty and students have access to a confocal microscope, laser technologies, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and technology for analyzing and manipulating DNA and RNA. Faculty and students engaged in field research have used iPads and GIS technologies, and other mobile equipment to track animals and record locations of ancient relics.

The Davidson faculty is dedicated to and engaged in an immersive higher education experience for undergraduates and themselves. Active research and other scholarly pursuits allow faculty to be on the leading edge of their fields and enhance their teaching.