WMU News

December grants push year's total to nearly $13.5 million

January 23, 1998

KALAMAZOO--Grants and contracts awarded to Western Michigan University during December reached nearly $5.8 million, pushing the year-to-date grant total to nearly $13.5 million, according to a report presented to the WMU Board of Trustees at its Jan. 23 meeting.

Grants and contracts for the month reached $5,798,989, bringing the total of such external support received since the July 1 start of the 1997-98 fiscal year to $13,465,705.

Highlighting the report were awards resulting from two previously announced contracts between European airlines and the University's International Pilot Training Centre, which is part of the School of Aviation Sciences and is located at Battle Creek's W.K. Kellogg Airport. Initial funding of $2,056,000 from London-based British Airways was received for the training of new pilots for that firm beginning in March. A $1,208,400 award from Dublin-based Aer Lingus will be used for pilot training for the Irish airline which began earlier this month.

Among other major awards received during December were three grants totaling $1,112,500 to James H. Kendrick, assistant professor of community health services and clinical coordinator of the University Substance Abuse Clinic. The largest of the grants, an award for $1,085,000 from the Michigan Department of Corrections, will provide substance abuse education and treatment services for prisoners, parolees and probationers at correctional facilities around the state. Kendrick and his staff also will offer consultation and training services in substance abuse issues for corrections staff.

A $25,000 award from the U.S. District Court to Kendrick will provide alcohol and drug assessment, counseling and supervisory aftercare services for federal offenders. A third award to Kendrick's unit, a $2,500 grant from the Kalamazoo County Human Services Department, will furnish substance abuse consultation services for county staff members who work with both expectant and new mothers.

A $478,152 award from Kalamazoo County Community Mental Health Services to WMU's Center for Developmentally Disabled Adults will support that center's continued work with the county's population of developmentally disabled adults aged 26 and up. The CDDA offers daily living, communication and social skill services at four sites to more than 130 county residents.

An award for $291,816 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health to Dr. James M. Hillenbrand, professor of speech pathology and audiology, will continue to support Hillenbrand's research on understanding how the human ear and brain hear and recognize differences in sound. The award will fund the second of five years of work that Hillenbrand is undertaking with Robert A. Houde of the Rochester Institute of Technology's Research Corp. Their work could pave the way for improved speech synthesis devices and new ways to help hearing impaired persons learn to speak.

A previously announced award for $250,000 from the Connecticut State Department of Education to Dr. Jerry G. Horn, principal research associate in WMU's Evaluation Center, will be used to build evaluation practices into the operations of 12 charter schools that opened this year in that state. Horn and his team of researchers will spend the next five years providing evaluation guidance to the Connecticut charter school initiative. Horn also is directing a study of Michigan's charter school initiative.

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