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Grants for October total nearly $3 million

Dec. 27, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Grants to Western Michigan University during October totaled just under $2.9 million, bringing the year-to-date total of externally funded awards to a little more than $17 million. That figure covers July 1 through Oct. 31.

Notable research awards for the period included a $672,887 award from the Michigan Department of Education to Dr. Ruth Ann Meyer and Sandra Madden in the Department of Mathematics to build the mathematics content knowledge of participating teachers from Muskegon Public Schools in grades 5-8. Other notable research awards included a $273,583 grant from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to Dr. Paula Kohler, chair of the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies, to provide knowledge generation, capacity building and wide-scale dissemination and outreach to states and local schools regarding effective transition education services for youths with disabilities.

Significant public service grants included a $224,867 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Drs. Frederick Dobney and Lynne Heasley of the Department of History to examine the history of the American farm and provide workshops to teachers that that approach the American farm as a way of understanding American history while emphasizing hands-on techniques for studying history.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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