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Grant total for 2005-06 surpasses $34 million

May 4, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University received $6,050,465 in grants during February and March, WMU trustees learned during their April 28 meeting.

The two-month total--close to $1.5 million in February and nearly $4.6 million in March--brings the amount in grants received since the July 1, 2005, start of the fiscal year to more than $34.5 million.

Notable awards in the report included a grant of close to $2 million from the International Food Policy Research Institute to Dr. Hector Quemada, professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Alexander Enyedi, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. They will use the supplemental grant to continue their ongoing work on biosafety issues for genetically engineered crops in developing regions of Africa and Asia.

Other significant grants included continuation grants of $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to Dr. Clement Burns to support the building of a dedicated X-ray scattering beamline at the Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source and $530,249 from the University of Missouri to Dr. Christian Hirsch, professor of mathematics, to enable teacher and student learning through curriculum material investigation and implementation.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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