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WMU grants top $2 million mark in May

July 7, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Grants to Western Michigan University soared past $2.3 million in May, WMU trustees learned at their July 2 meeting. The one-month tally brings the University's year-to-date grant total to nearly $29 million.

Research grants accounted for the vast majority of the one-month total, coming in at nearly $2.2 million, and were led by a nearly $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy. That grant will let Drs. Steven Bertman and John Miller, professor and associate professor, respectively, of chemistry, and Dr. Sarah Hill, associate professor of anthropology, further explore the technical and economic feasibility of converting waste into biofuels for unmodified vehicles using existing infrastructure.

The WMU Evaluation Center garnered two research grants, one from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the other from the National Science Foundation. The HHS grant is for $480,840 and went to Dr. Stephen Magura to determine the efficacy of dual-focus, 12-step, mutual-aid groups for people dealing with both substance abuse and mental illness. The NSF grant was for $260,966 and went to Dr. Arlen Gullickson to use "Assessment for Learning" research to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Public service grants accounted for $155,045 of the grant total.

Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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