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Grants continue to pour in this fall

Nov. 13, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Grants to Western Michigan University continued to pour in during September, continuing a fast start for externally funded awards for the 2009-10 fiscal year, WMU trustees learned at their November meeting. Externally funded awards during the month came in at nearly $6 million, bringing the year-to-date total to more than $14.3 million for the fiscal year, which began July 1.

Research grants in September accounted for more than $4.7 million and were led by a new grant of $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to Dr. Nora Berrah, professor of physics, for fundamental research to understand the interaction of molecules with an ultra-intense and ultra-fast X-ray laser. Another new research grant, also from the Department of Energy and totaling $601,158, went to Drs. David A. Barnes and William B. Harrison III, professor and professor emeritus of geosciences, respectively, to develop partnerships with industry, utility companies and governments to boost the capture and underground storage of carbon dioxide emissions.

Public service grants topped $700,000 and were led by a $605,950 grant from Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Services to Dr. Carol Sundberg, director of the Center for Disability Services, to provide daily living, communication, behavior control and social skill services to adults with developmental disabilities. Grants for student services reached $305,955. Grants for instruction came in at $150,000.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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