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Grants received in 2007-08 total $23.5 million

July 29, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Grants to Western Michigan University zoomed to nearly $3.8 million in June, Western Michigan University trustees learned at their July 25 meeting. The tally pushed the fiscal-year total of externally funded awards to the University to more than $23.5 million for the 2007-08 fiscal year, which ended June 30.

Research grants again generated the lion's share of the total, accounting for more than $3.1 million, with two notable awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The largest HHS grant, totaling nearly $1 million, went to Dr. Richard G. Long, associate dean of the WMU College of Health and Human Services, and continues his research into the access of blind and visually impaired people to complex intersections and strategies to enhance street crossing safety. The other HHS grant, a new award of nearly $500,000, went to Dr. Stephen Magura of the WMU Evaluation Center to determine the efficacy of dual-focus, 12-step, mutual-aid groups for people with substance use and mental disorders.

Public service awards for the month came in at nearly $626,000 and were led by a supplemental grant of just under $500,000 from Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Services to Dr. Carol Sundberg, director of the WMU Center for Disability Services. That grant will provide daily living, communication, behavior control and social skill services to developmentally disabled adults.

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

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