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WMU grants top $10 million in two months

Oct. 5, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Grants to Western Michigan University soared past the $10 million mark in July and August, WMU trustees learned at their September meeting.

The two-month total was $10,409,495, with July accounting for slightly more than $3.3 million and August awards pushing past $7.1 million. Research grants again led the way, exceeding $9.2 million, with notable awards coming from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

The NSF grant, totaling nearly $2.4 for the first two years of a three-year, $3.5 million project, was awarded to Dr. Christian R. Hirsch, WMU's James H. Powell Professor of Mathematics (see related release in this distribution for details). The Department of Education grant was for nearly $2 million and was awarded to Dr. Nickola W. Nelson, the Charles Van Riper Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology and director of the doctoral program in interdisciplinary health sciences. The award will allow Nelson, in collaboration with Dr. Brooks Applegate, professor of the educational leadership, research and technology, to complete validation of a test that will help speech therapists and other professionals identify linguistic impairment and inform intervention in school-age children and adolescents.

Public service grants came in at nearly $400,000, with a continuing award of $300,723 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Dr. James Henry, professor of social work and director of WMU's Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center. The grant will be used to reform child welfare service delivery in the state of Michigan.

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

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