The Curtis Gates Lloyd Fellowship provides funds for research at the Lloyd Library and Museum for one to three months. Research projects funded by the fellowship require on-site use of the Library’s collections. Topics include but are not limited to:
- Medicinal botany
- Natural history
- Early travel and exploration
- History of science, medicine, or pharmacy
- Past Fellows
- Application for 2018 Curtis Gates Lloyd Fellowship - Closed
2018 Curtis Gates Lloyd Fellowship Recipients
Kell & Frey
Artists Anna Kell and Jonathan Frey collaborate at the intersection of painting, installation, and graphic design. Their work explores representations of the natural world and cultural identity. In addition to their studio practice, they both teach at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.
Project: Posters for the Plant Blind
Kell & Frey will research and design a series of posters combating the inability of many 21st century Americans to recognize plants. They will use Lloyd Library collections as a visual archive from which to design four posters, which will serve as inspirational and educational tools for promoting plant awareness and literacy. They plan to make them available as open-source documents so that anyone can reproduce them to hang in a classroom, home, office, or other communal spaces.
Heather Chacón, Assistant Professor of English at Greensboro College, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and has published in leading scholarly journals dedicated to American Literature and/or the medical humanities while working on her book manuscript, tentatively titled Health Movements: Medicine, Empire, and Commerce in 19th Century American Literature and Culture.
Project: Health Movements: Medicine, Empire, and Commerce in 19th Century American Literature and Culture
Chacón will conduct research to inform two chapters of her upcoming book. In conjunction with John Uri Lloyd’s novels, she will explore Lloyd’s literary and scientific archives as well as nineteenth and twentieth century medical literature to contextualize her literary analysis within a medico-historical perspective. She will also examine how author and reformer Fanny Fern used nineteenth century debates surrounding homeopathy and the efficacy of patent medicines in her novel Ruth Hall (1855), ultimately aligning effective homeopathic medical treatment with successful writing by women.
Frieda Wiley, medical writer and consultant pharmacist, holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy, bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and Spanish, and is board-certified in geriatric pharmacy. Wiley studied and presented on the medicinal properties of native plants while on rotation with the Indian Health Services in Tucson, Arizona. Based in East Texas, she is a consulting editor for the American Botanical Council and has written for publications including AARP, US News & World Report, and Arthritis Today as well as for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, various universities and corporations.
Project: Exploring Evolution of Herbalism and Its Contribution to Integrative Medicine: From Past to Present
While the profession of pharmacy dates to ancient apothecaries, archeological findings of medicinal plants suggest that humans have relied on nature to heal for 60,000 years. As medical advancements continue revolutionizing healthcare, plants still provide a basis for the active ingredients of many pharmaceutical agents. More patients are resorting to nonpharmacological therapies, many of which incorporate plants. Wiley will explore the evolution of herbalism and its intersection with conventional Western medicine, culminating with a lecture and publication proposals.
Cole Imperi is a dual-Certified Thanatologist and designer. Thanatology is the study of death and associated practices including the needs of the terminally ill and their families. In addition to hosting the podcast, Life, Death & Tarot, and making frequent public speaking appearances, Imperi is owner of Doth, a branding and strategy agency.
Project: Rooted in Death, Growing in Grief
Plants and herbs have been used for centuries in the care of the dying and those grieving a loss. Teas, tinctures, salves and even plants grown near the home have been part of traditions including shamanism, Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine and Appalachian culture to assist the dying and their loved ones. Imperi will gather information around the intersection of plants and death and share it through a scholarly paper, workshop and lecture.