Taylor Tyger

Finnish Project Support, 2015

Taylor Tyger (Georgia Institute of Technology) conducted research on the health benefits of urban aquatic environments. She was based at the Finnish Environment Institute, at Aalto University, and worked as part of an ongoing national project focusing on “Environmental Justice and Ecosystem Services” in the Helsinki region. She presented her findings on the little-studied “blue infrastructure” of lakes, oceans and rivers in a report on Waterfront Uses in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Her Roth-Thomson Award allowed her to present this work at conferences in Belgium and Denmark in May 2015.

Michael Brown

Finnish Project Support, 2015

Based at the Arctic Center in Rovaniemi, Michael Brown (University of Washington) sought to evaluate Finland’s new arctic policy in order to construct a comparative assessment of Finnish and US approaches to environmental issues in the arctic. This project is timely, as the U.S. is currently chairing the Arctic Council (2015-17), after which Finland will take up the reins. Brown’s Roth-Thomson Award allowed him to join the University of the Arctic’s Calotte Academy, a travelling symposium that in 2015 met at research centers in Finland, Norway and Russia.

Karli Storm

Finnish Project Support, 2014

Karli Storm  at Tbilisi Conference June 2014Karli Storm (Indiana University Bloomington) was in Finland undertaking doctoral research in a unique new program on “Russia in Europe” at the University of Eastern Finland. Her Roth-Thomson award allowed her to present her research on national language policies and political stability at international conferences in Finland and Russia.

Christin Boggs

Christin BoggsFinnish Project Support, 2014

Christin Boggs (Rochester Institute of Technology) was in Finland to document traditional and urban food practices in Finnish gastronomic culture. With her Roth-Thomson award, she produced an exhibit entitled “Viljellä, a photographic exploration of Helsinki garden, farm and foraging practices.”

Lindsay Whorton

Finnish Project Support, 2013

Project on how teachers’ unions participate in and impact the education policy‐making process in Finland. Whorton focused on the involvement of teachers’ unions in reforming compensation packages, in part as the role of labor relations in K‐12 education reform is an area of growing controversy in the U.S. Her Roth‐Thomson Award helped fund the translation into English of documents bearing upon relationships between policy‐makers and teachers’ unions in Finland.

Sophie Knowles

Finnish Project Support, 2013

Project on the elements of Finnish culture and education contributing to high rates of student success in mathematics. As a mathematics teacher in Brooklyn, Knowles is acutely aware of the obstacles her students face, including: a social disconnect from school in general, and mathematics in particular; lack of self confidence, nutrition and exercise; low levels of literacy; and a series of responsibilities outside of school that make academic achievement difficult. Her Roth-Thomson Award helped Knowles complete her research on Finnish institutional policies, governmental and non‐profit mathematics programs.

Philip Robinson

Finnish Project Support, 2012

Project on architectural means to improve concert hall design, conducted at Aalto University. Robinson’s Roth Ednowment award enabled him to travel to undertake research into the acoustical properties of historic Finnish churches. He is at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Amanda Tasse

Finnish Project Support, 2012

Project in neuro‐cinematics, the study of perceptual processes in response to cinema. Tasse’s Roth Endowment award enabled her to travel to the University of Lapland and the Midnight Sun Film Festival for her research. She is at the University of Southern California.

Lauren Holmes

Finnish Project Support, 2011

Project on the government infrastructure that has supported the export of Finnish music since World War II. While in Finland, Holmes conducted interviews with leading Finnish composers and musical organizations for her doctoral work on Music and the Nation‐ State: Finnish Music from Nationalism to Post‐nationalism at Yale University.

Christian Benefiel

Finnish Project Support, 2011

Project on sustainable practices for artists at foundries. With an MFA in sculpture from the University of Maryland at College Park, where a large-scale foundry enabled him to develop expertise in metal-casting processes, Benefiel developed the world’s first foundry powered by methane gas from a landfill in North Carolina. He notes that “toxic and dangerous processes remain common for artists.” While teaching at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Benefiel also built a small sustainable foundry there.