WMU News

New awards push grant total past $68 million mark

January 22, 1999

KALAMAZOO-- Several new federal grants and a supplemental corporate award were among the more than $2.5 million in grants awarded to Western Michigan University in December, according to a report presented to the WMU Board of Trustees at its Jan. 22 meeting.

The December figure of $2,515,279 brought the total of grants received since the July 1 start of the 1998-99 fiscal year to $68,350,893.

The largest grant received in December was an award from the Moldflow Corporation for $901,750 to Dr. Michael B. Atkins, chairperson of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. The grant will provide maintenance and support for the software and hardware housed in the Moldflow Center for Design Excellence at WMU. The center was established in 1998 by a $2.9 million grant from Moldflow, a developer of design software used to produce plastic parts for the auto, aviation and electronics industries. It provides training, industrial seminars and customer visits for Moldflow as well as gives WMU students and faculty access to the center for class projects, consulting and research.
More than $788,000 in new grants were received in December, including:

WMU also received two grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health to continue on-going research projects. Dr. James M. Hillenbrand, professor of speech pathology, received $301,037 to fund the third year of a five-year research project with Robert A. Houde of the Rochester Institute of Technology's Research Corp.

Their research seeks to understand how the human ear and brain hear and recognize differences in sound with the hope of paving the way for the development of improved speech synthesis devices to help hearing impaired persons learn to speak.
Dr. Bruce E. Bejcek, assistant professor of biological sciences, received $106,237 to study how cancers start and are maintained. This is the fourth year of a five-year study into the biological mechanisms that trigger the explosive growth of cancers.

A grant of $171,000 was awarded to James H. Kendrick, assistant professor of community health and clinical coordinator of the University Substance Abuse Clinic, by the Michigan Department of Corrections to provide additional substance abuse treatment for prisoners, parolees and probationers. Kendrick has been providing such services since 1994. He also received a $30,400 grant from U.S. District Court to continue his work providing aftercare services for federal drug and alcohol dependent federal criminal offenders.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu


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