WMU News

Nearly $1.5 million in grants received

Oct. 8, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Grants to Western Michigan University during the first two months of the 1999-2000 fiscal year hit nearly $1.5 million, according to a report presented to the WMU Board of Trustees Oct. 7.

July awards totaled $368,767 and August awards reached $1,107,222, bringing the year-to-date total of grants received since the July 1 start of the fiscal year to $1,475,989.

Notable awards for the period included three awards targeted at academic support programs. The largest, a $196,964 award to the University's Academic Skills Center, will fund continuation of a program to provide comprehensive academic and personal support services to low-income, first-generation and disabled college students. The award is from the U.S. Department of Education.

A $57,736 grant from the National Science Foundation will be used by Dr. Alvin Rosenthal, professor of physics, for course work development. The result will be a laboratory course in laser and optical physics.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the source of a $92,249 award that will boost the growing software arsenal used for teaching and research in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. The award to Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and Dr. Mitchel Keil, both assistant professors of industrial and manufacturing engineering, will provide eight seats each of Autodesk's Mechanical Desktop, a product of Autodesk Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., and Solid Edge, a product of Unigraphics Solutions Inc. of St. Louis. The software is used for two- and three-dimensional computer design and modeling.

Computing technology is the focus, also, of a $149,988 grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will be used by Dr. Nickola W. Nelson, professor of speech pathology and audiology, to continue her work aimed at improving both the oral and written language skills of students with disabilities in grades one through three. Working in collaboration with Kalamazoo Public Schools, Nelson is using computers to help the children learn and practice writing.

Dr. John A. Tanis, chairperson of the Department of Physics and longtime researcher on the topic of atomic interaction, was awarded $107,500 in August by the U.S. Department of Energy to continue his research on the fundamental interactions that occur in collisions between atomic particles. Tanis has been investigating such interactions for more than two decades.

Also in August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was the source of a new grant to Dr. David Lemberg and Dr. Rolland Fraser, both assistant professors of geography. The pair will use the $104,073 award to study shoreline development and habitat preservation.

Two federal grants to researchers in the Haworth College of Business were recorded during the two-month period of the report. A $78,348 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support the college's ongoing Asian Pacific Education Project. The project uses lectures, workshops, study tours and conferences to increase the international business expertise of students, faculty and the local business community.

A $100,000 award to Dr. Lowell E. Crow, professor of marketing, and Dr. Andrew A. Brogowicz, chairperson of the Department of Marketing, will support the pair's work with the U.S. Defense Logistics Services Center. They are helping the agency with its client satisfaction survey work.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu


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