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Grant total tops $1.8 million for March

May 6, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Grants to Western Michigan University surged past $1.8 million for the month of March, WMU trustees learned at their May 2 meeting.

The amount brings the year-to-date total of externally funded awards to more than $18.3 million for the 2007-08 fiscal year, which began July 1. Notable awards during the period came from the U.S. Department of Energy, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Services, the Boeing Co. and the University of Missouri.

Research grants again topped other categories, totaling more than $1.3 million and were led by a continuing grant of $485,250 from the University of Missouri to Dr. Christian Hirsch, professor of mathematics, to enable teacher and student learning in mathematics through curriculum and material investigation and implementation. The DOE grant, a renewal grant totaling $180,000, went to Dr. Nora Berrah, professor of physics, to further study the fundamental interactions between photon and complex systems using the Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Light Source and the Linac Coherent Light Source. The Boeing grant, a new award of just under $130,000, went to Drs. Ala Al-Fuqaha, Dionysios Kountanis and Wuwei Shen in computer science to dynamically manage and coordinate the tasks of multiple cognitive intelligent agents in battlefield networks with embedded hierarchical fuzzy expert systems.

Public service awards for the period came in at $469,513 and were led by a supplemental grant of $465,413 from KCMHS to Dr. Carol Sundberg, director for the Center for Disability Services, to provide daily living, communication, behavior control and social skill services to adults with developmental disabilities.

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

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