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Six-month grant total tops $21 million

Jan. 31, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University attracted more than $5 million in external grants during November and December, bringing the six-month total of externally funded awards to more than $21.6 million from the July 1 start of the 2006-07 fiscal year through Dec. 31.

November grants totaled a little more than $2.3 million, while December grants exceeded $2.7 million. Of the $5 million total, research grants led the way with more than $3.7 million awarded.

The top grant of $874,418 came from the state's 21st Century Jobs Fund initiative. That grant, part of $100 million in awards announced in September by Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, is for a project directed by Dr. Margaret Joyce, WMU professor of paper engineering, chemical engineering and imaging, that will bolster homeland security through technological improvements allowing manufacturers to identify products with tags using RFID--radio frequency identification.

Other major new research grants included a $476,417 award from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to Dr. Mark Jenness, a senior research associate with the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education, and Dr. Mohamed Sultan, chair of the Department of Geosciences, to evaluate the Mars Exploration Public Engagement program, including its planning, instrument development, data collection, data analysis and reporting.

New research grants also included a $466,882 award from the National Science Foundation to the WMU Evaluation Center to assess the impact and effectiveness of a national program called Advanced Technological Education.

Public service grants were topped by a $480,734 supplemental grant from Kalamazoo Community Mental Health to the WMU Center for Disability Services.

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

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