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WMU grants soar to nearly $2 million in April

July 27, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Grants to Western Michigan University nearly hit $2 million in April, pushing the year-to-date total for the 2009-10 fiscal year to almost $30 million, WMU trustees learned at their July 23 meeting. Research grants again led the way, approaching $1.5 million in externally funded awards, with notable awards coming from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Science Foundation.

The HHS grant, totaling nearly $500,000, was a continuing award to Dr. Stephen Magura, director of the WMU Evaluation Center, to determine the efficacy of dual-focus, 12-step, mutual-aid groups for people dealing with both substance use and mental disorders. The NSF grant, also a continuation award, was for $235,242 and awarded to Dr. Heather L. Petcovic, of the Mallinson Institute for Science Education and assistant professor of geosciences, to examine geologic knowledge and problem-solving among undergraduates, graduate students and geoscientists.

Public service grants totaled $355,060, with the largest going to Dr. Michael Miller, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation. The continuation grant, for $221,400 from Kalamazoo Valley Orthopedics, will provide stipends for graduate students in the athletic training program to do internships. Another large public service grant was for $109,500 from the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency and went to Dr. Richard Malott, professor of psychology, to provide technicians and graduate students for the Kalamazoo Autism Center in the Croyden Avenue School.

The University also received an academic support grant of $105,847 from the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth. That grant, to Dr. Erika Ann Carr of the Division of Multicultural Affairs, will be used to build awareness and readiness for college among students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

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

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