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More than $7.5 million in grants received since January

April 21, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Grants to WMU during the first three months of the year 2000 topped $7.5 million, according to a report presented to the University's Board of Trustees April 20.

The total of grants awarded to WMU during January, February and March reached $7,598,714, pushing the total of grants received since the July 1 start of the fiscal year to $34,136,008.

More than 100 grants were awarded to WMU during this period, and more than half of those were for new projects.

"The number of new grants is an indication of the growth and dynamic efforts of our faculty and staff in the areas of research, public service, and instruction," says Dr. Donald E. Thompson, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College.

The largest grant received was a $1,288,805 award from the Michigan Department of Corrections to Dr. C. Dennis Simpson, professor of community health services and director of the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and James Kendrick, assistant professor of community health services, to continue the substance abuse program at Camp Branch in Coldwater, Mich., the state's only minimum-security prison for women.

Middle school mathematics reform efforts by Dr. Robert Laing, professor of mathematics and statistics, and Dr. Ruth Ann Meyer, professor emerita of mathematics and statistics, received a significant boost from a $1million grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and a $50,000 grant from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation. (See separate release in this packet.)

Also reported was a previously announced award from the National Science Foundation made through the University of Michigan to Dr. David Karowe, associate professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Steven Bertman, associate professor of chemistry. Karowe and Bertman will receive nearly $2.5 million to coordinate the Biosphere Atmosphere Research and Training Program, an innovative new doctoral research and training program that studies the effect of changes in the atmosphere. Funding of $972,841 to support the first year of their work was reported to trustees.

WMU received a number of other grants from the National Science Foundation, including a $284,997 award to Dr. Christine Browning, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, and Dr. Dwayne E. Channell, professor of mathematics and statistics, to develop instructional materials integrating technology, assessments and learning opportunities for elementary and middle school mathematics teachers.

Dr. Jerry Horn, principal research associate in WMU's Evaluation Center, also received NSF funding. He was awarded $232,614 to evaluate student achievement and reform efforts in science and mathematics education.

The following were among other grants received by the University during the three-month period.

Dr. Carol Sundberg, director of the Center for Disabled Adults, was awarded $455,644 by Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Services to continue to provide daily living, communication, behavior control and social skill services to developmentally disabled adults.

A $228,390 grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to Dr. Paula Kohler, assistant professor of educational studies, to examine the participation of women in nontraditional vocational education.

The U.S. Department of State awarded $172,000 to Dr. Katherine Joslin, professor of English and director of the American Studies Program; Dr. Brian C. Wilson, assistant professor of comparative religion; and W. Wilson Woods, director of operations in the Office of International Affairs, to conduct a summer institute for American studies educators from other nations. This is the second year WMU has been selected to conduct the institute.

A $170,000 grant from the Berrien Intermediate School District to Dr. James Bosco, professor of educational studies and director of external educational technology affairs, will be used to assist the school district in developing the human resources system needed to effectively integrate technology into school classrooms.

Dr. Nora Berrah, professor of physics, received a $161,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue her research into the structure and dynamics of atoms and molecules.

A $150,000 grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to Michael Black and William Cotton of the Office of Business Development Services, will provide assistance to businesses in southwest Michigan. Black and Cotton also received an additional $32,500 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for the same purpose.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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