MSU history professor gets NSF grant

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — A member of Mississippi State University’s history faculty has been awarded the first major National Science Foundation grant ever presented to a humanities department at the university.

Assistant history professor Alexandra Hui won a year-long $155,000 grant to study how the perception of sound has changed over time.

Alan Marcus, head of the history department, said the recognition is an indication the department is “emerging among the national leaders in the history of science.”

Hui plans to study a new type of listening that has developed with the technology and culture of background music.

With an interest in the role culture plays in the practice and perpetuation of science, Hui studies how musical tastes influenced German scientists’ experiments on sound sensation.

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