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Rutgers vice president to take research reins at WMU | Dec. 15
Following a nationwide search, WMU has named Dr. Terri Goss Kinzy the new vice president for research. Kinzy, currently vice president for research at Rutgers, will take the reins of WMU's research enterprise, effective Jan. 8

Two WMU faculty engineers garner MEDC funding for early-stage work Nov. 21
Drs. Massood Atashbar and Pavel Ikonomov are among five innovators from Michigan universities to receive first-round support from the ADVANCE Proof of Concept Grant Fund.

Researchers' work puts WMU at center of national STEM network Nov. 1
Drs. Andrea Beach and Charles Henderson launch an effort that positions WMU at the central hub of a network of national educators working to build systemic change that will boost undergraduate academic achievement.

Four candidates for the position of vice president for research Oct. 16
Presentations by the candidates have been scheduled. All presentations are from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

WMU researchers get $12.5 million grant for school leadership renewal  Oct. 10
Two longtime school leadership researchers at Western Michigan University will use one of the largest single grants ever awarded to the University for a three-year effort aimed at intense school leadership development in high-poverty schools across West Michigan.

13th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Emily Carr University of Art + Design | Oct. 11
Arts in Society invites proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia due Nov. 27, 2018.

Professors get $2.6 million to train English as second language learners | Oct. 6
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition has awarded a grant to a team of WMU professors.

Chemistry associate professor to receive Emerging Scholar Award | Oct. 4
Dr. Gellert Mezei will be presented the 2017 Emerging Scholar Award during WMU's academic convocation ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in the Bernhard Center.

Three professors to be honored with Distinguished Teaching Awards | Oct. 4
Drs. Ariel Anderson, Louann Bierlein Palmer and Gwen Tarbox will be recognized as recipients of this year's Distinguished Teaching Awards during WMU's Academic Convocation Friday, Oct. 6.

Leading scientists and treatment practitioners slated for Michigan Autism Conference | Sept. 26
Leading scientists and treatment practitioners in the field of autism will share their expertise at the fifth annual Michigan Autism Conference.

Evaluation Center receives RO1 NIH grant | Sept. 26
Dr. Stephen Magura has been awarded a National Institute of Health grant for his project titled "Community Utilization of Evidence-Based Program Registers in Behavioral Healthcare."

Undergraduates Discover Discovery workshops planned | Sept. 11
New for 2017-18, a schedule of research workshops designed specifically for undergraduate students has been announced.

WMU lauded by Washington Monthly | Aug. 29
Western Michigan University ranked one of the nation's top-100 universities for producing graduates and research destined to make a difference for the nation.

NSF EAGER  award lands at WMU | Aug. 28
Drs. Xiaoyun Shao and Pnina Ari-Gur have received a National Science Foundation grant of $111,834.

Researchers explore human-robot communication with Pepper, a humanoid robot | Aug. 23
Drs. Chad and Autumn Edwards are working with Pepper, a humanoid robot, to study human-robot message design logic, such as which robot messages are most motivating for humans.

WMU ranks 68th in business education research, leads way in state | Aug. 14 
A recent study measuring research published in quality journals and research co-authorship ranks WMU 68th internationally in business and management education research.

Mallinson Institute receives $622,992 NSF grant | Aug. 14
Dr. Charles R. Henderson, director of WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education, receives a National Science Foundation grant of $622,992 in support of the project to evaluate instruction.

Discovery Webinar Series announced | Aug. 11
The Office of the Vice President for Research is hosting a series of webinars at various locations around campus. No registration is required.

Discover Discovery research workshop 2017-18 schedule | Aug. 7
Research workshops held at the WMU Fetzer Center on various Tuesdays throughout the academic year. Lunch is provided. Registration is required.

Vandiver honored for research relating to ethnic minorities | Aug. 7
Dr. Beverly Vandiver, counselor education and counseling psychology, received a Distinguished Career Contribution to Research award from the American Psychological Association.

A virtual world for flight | Aug. 1 
The aviation industry may be an increasingly attractive and viable career option for students interested in becoming tomorrow’s pilots and technicians.

Demystifying the universe | Aug. 1 
Dr. Elena Litvinova expresses the mystery of the stars best through her research in physics.

Engineered for brian science | Aug. 1
Alexandra Ferguson seeks to blaze a trail into the final frontier of the human body—the brain.

Algorithms for life | Aug. 1
As a computational scientist, Dr. Fahad Saeed’s research projects are all about bigness—big numbers, big data and big ambitions. 

Obare named interim vice president for research | July 6
Dr. Sherine O. Obare has been named WMU's interim vice president for research, effective Aug. 1. She replaces Dr. Daniel M. Litynski, who is returning to the engineering faculty.

Grants to WMU soar past $3.7 million mark in April, May | June 30  
Grants to WMU passed the $3.7 million mark during April and May, bringing the year-to-date total for externally funded awards to more than $23.2 million.

Save the date for Fall Convocation | June 27
Plan now to attend activities Friday, Oct. 6, that include the presentation of WMU's annual campuswide awards and incoming President Edward B. Montgomery's first State of the University address.

Share the Story: Scholar Talks 2017 | May 31
Experience some of the ground-breaking work being done by WMU researchers and scholars.

NSF CAREER Awards received by WMU faculty | May 31

Drs. Fahad Saeed, Wendy Scott Beane and  Elena Litvinova have been awarded prestigious NSF CAREER Awards.

Find your research program officer | May 31

The research office offers help with proposal development, submission and other pre-award activities as well as assistance with contract negotiation and development. Let us put you in touch with the right professional.

Theatre faculty member wins NEH grant | April 17

Dr. Lofton Durham, associate professor of theatre, has received a $6,000 Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Sally Hadden wins William Nelson Cromwell Foundation grant | March 18, 2017

The grant will support publication of her forthcoming book on the forebears, formation and early years of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Stanford names two WMU students as University Innovation Fellows | March 1

Jill Puckett and Nathan LaWarre are among 224 nationally and internationally named University Innovation Fellows, a global program run by Stanford University.

Professor wins prestigious Japanese literary prize for poetry | Feb. 20

Dr. Jeffrey Angles, world languages and literatures, is one of only a handful of non-native speakers ever to win the prestigious Yomiuri Prize for Literature.

Four researchers awarded Distinguished Grant Awards | Feb. 14

Drs. James Henry, Robert Bensley, Stephanie M. Peterson and Jianping Shen were honored at the 2017 Spring Convocation Ceremony. View award acceptances


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The other potent greenhouse gas | Aug. 25, 2016

Carbon dioxide is often discussed as the driving force behind global climate change, but there’s another critical atmospheric gas made more potent by locked-in heat.

Degree research evolves into new company for WMU alumni in semiconductor industry | Aug. 25, 2016

Dr. Deepak Ravindra became a business owner at the same time he completed his doctoral degree through a unique collaboration with a faculty researcher focused on developing methods to machine extremely hard and brittle materials.

Multitalented microbiology student highly lauded for her scholarship | Aug. 24, 2016

Carol Beaver is already racking up awards and distinguishing herself as a scientific investigator.

Freshwater specialists keep fresh waters ... fresh | Aug. 24, 2016

Using a remotely operated underwater vehicle, an ROV, John Lutchko helps explore the subsurface waters around Traverse City, including in Grand Traverse Bay, a bay of Lake Michigan.

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