Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.84
Liaison Kalyna Procyk
Submission Date June 6, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Muhlenberg College
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
9.37 / 12.00 Richard Niesenbaum
Professor, Biology, Director, Sustainability Studies Program
Biology
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
134

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
21

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
15.67

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
19

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
8

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
42.11

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Borick, Christopher P., and Barry G. Rabe. “A Reason to Believe: Examining the Factors That Determine Individual Views on Global Warming*.” Social Science Quarterly 91, no. 3 (September 1, 2010): 777–800. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6237.2010.00719.x.
Borick, Christopher P., and Barry Rabe. “Belief in Global Warming on the Rebound: Fall 2011 National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change.” The Brookings Institution. Accessed March 17, 2016. http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2012/02/climate-change-rabe-borick.
Rabe, Barry G., and Christopher Borick. “Conventional Politics for Unconventional Drilling? Lessons from Pennsylvania’s Early Move into Fracking Policy Development.” Review of Policy Research 30, no. 3 (May 1, 2013): 321–40. doi:10.1111/ropr.12018.
Niesenbaum, R. “Sustainable Solutions: Problem solving for current and future generations”. Forthcoming book from Oxford University Press
Niesenbaum, R. and J. Elliott. “In Exchange for Gold: The Legacy and Sustainability of Mining in Las Juntas de Abangares, Costa Rica” Forthconing book from Common Ground Publishing
Kelsey, Jason W., and Jason C. White. “EFFECT OF C60 FULLERENES ON THE ACCUMULATION OF WEATHERED P,p′-DDE BY PLANT AND EARTHWORM SPECIES UNDER SINGLE AND MULTISPECIES CONDITIONS.” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32, no. 5 (May 1, 2013): 1117–23. doi:10.1002/etc.2158.
Amdur, David, Barry G. Rabe, and Christopher P. Borick. “Public Views on a Carbon Tax Depend on the Proposed Use of Revenue.” SSRN Scholarly Paper. Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network, July 31, 2014. http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=2652403.
Cotton, Rebecca E., and Erika V. Iyengar. “The Effect of Mucus and Feces from the Invasive Slug Arion Rufus on the Growth of Annual Ryegrass Lolium Multiflorum,” September 2015. https://digital.lib.washington.edu:443/researchworks/handle/1773/34796.
Niesenbaum, R.A. 2013. Can latitudinal studies predict potential effects of global climate change on insect herbivore - host plant interactions? Trends in Entomology 8:1-8.
Niesenbaum, R.A. 2013. Can latitudinal studies predict potential effects of global climate change on insect herbivore - host plant interactions? Trends in Entomology 8:1-8.


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

A brief description of the methodology Muhlenberg followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers)
Dr. Niesenbaum emailed his colleagues about their research and then sent all of them to an intern to record. The intern found more information about faculty research on Muhlenberg’s website, but was unable to find every professor’s area of research. To compensate for the missing information, we assumed that all full time professors, associate professors, and assistant professors are conducting research, since that is what is expected of them if they are employed by Muhlenberg.


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Because most research by nature is a multi-year/long-term project, the same data was used as for the previous STARS submission since it was assumed that a new poll would yield little, if any, additional data.

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