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WMU gets $1.4 million in grants during April

June 21, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University garnered close to $1.4 million in externally funded grants during April, according to a report presented to WMU trustees at their June 7 meeting. The amount brings the year-to-date tally of externally funded awards to more than $27.6 million for the 2006-07 fiscal year.

Of grants awarded in April, research grants accounted for the lion's share, totaling just over $1 million, while WMU research foundation grants added another $11,225. Public service grants came in at $258,910, while an academic support grant from the U.S. Department of Defense added another $7,000.

New research grants were led by a $210,309 award from Heifer Project International to Dr. Michael Scriven of the Evaluation Center to assess the impact of the organization's work on the lives of project recipients in Cameroon, China, Kenya and Tanzania. Other new research awards included three engineering grants. The largest, to Dr. William Liou, professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering and director of the WMU Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation was for $132,875 from various industries to provide breakthrough applied computer simulation knowledge in vehicle analysis and design to the vehicle industry.

Public service grants were led by two awards to Dr. Michael G. Miller, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation: one, a $170,000 from K Valley Orthopedics, and a second for $63,000 from West Michigan Rehabilitation, to employ graduate athletic training students at various school sites.

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

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