WMU News

Six-month grant total exceeds $20 million

Feb. 21, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University received $3,508,059 in grants during November and December, WMU trustees learned during their Feb. 18 meeting. The new awards bring the total grants received since the July 1 start of the 2004-05 fiscal year to $20,162,699.

Notable grants received during the period include a $459,277 award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Dr. James M. Hillenbrand, professor of speech pathology and audiology, to develop a series of acoustic analysis and speech recognition experiments aimed at improved understanding of phonetic recognition.

Also received was a $200,000 award from the Michigan Department of Education to Dr. Ruth Ann Meyer, professor of mathematics. The grant will support the development of a professional model for improving mathematics teaching and learning in grades 5-8.

Dr. Alvin S. Rosenthal and Dr. Robert Poel, professors of physics, were awarded $113,188 from the American Physical Society to revise an entry-level physics course required of teachers seeking secondary school physics certification.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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