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Fall 2021

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The Office of Community Partnerships is a unit within Government Relations.

WMU receives a $9.6M federal grant to advance renewable energy research

Dr. Wu, Rep. Upton, and VP Breneman at DC showcaseWestern Michigan University has received a nearly $9.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to supercharge ongoing lithium-ion battery research led by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The scientific breakthroughs supported by this funding are expected to enhance crucial environmental sustainability efforts pertaining to energy efficiency and resources consumption.

“This is spectacular news for Western Michigan University and the Kalamazoo community, and I am so proud to continue supporting the work of this incredible institution,” says U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph.

Titled Enabling Advanced Electrode Architecture through Printing Technique, the three-year project is being spearheaded by Dr. Qingliu Wu, an assistant professor in WMU’s Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering. Read more at WMU News.

WMU student selected to serve on SOS collegiate task force

WMU sophomore Ariana Johnson is one of 33 students representing 23 Michigan colleges and universities on the Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force convened in August 2019 by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. The task force met three times over the fall semester to help Benson identify the unique challenges encountered by voters ages 18 to 24 and to recommend a series of programmatic, administrative or policy changes to address those challenges. 

“A lot of my friends are not very involved with voting, so I was eager to participate in a group of people with diverse perspectives and take a non-partisan look at facts to encourage interaction,” said Johnson, a native of Marshall, Mich.  “I believe that the most important engagement issue that remains is the potential confrontation with a different point of view. It is just as important to encourage civil discourse, as it is to encourage voter registration.” Read more in the Bronco Advocacy Network newsletter.

WMU secures federal grant to battle opioid epidemic

A major funding boost will soon give WMU students hands-on experience in combating the opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities across Michigan. The $1.35 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration will support the Michigan Youth Prevention and Recovery from Opioid Youth Disorders—MY-PROUD—program at WMU.

"This grant presents WMU with an opportunity to make far-reaching impacts through health care workforce expansion in the state," says Dr. Ron Cisler, dean of WMU's College of Health and Human Services, who calls this a critical time to address the opioid epidemic in Michigan. "Our students will participate in hands-on educational experiences that will guide them throughout their professional lives, while also meeting an immediate, crucial need for families in our region."