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Grant total tops $16 million for fiscal year

March 24, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Grants to Western Michigan University topped the $1.5 million mark in January and February, WMU trustees learned at their March 18 meeting. The amount brings the year-to-date total of externally funded awards to more than $16.5 million for the 2007-08 fiscal year, which began July 1.

Research grants again topped other categories, totaling just under $1.2 million and were led by a renewal grant of $261,000 from the Heifer Project International to Dr. Michael Scriven, formerly of the WMU Evaluation Center, to evaluate Heifer Project activities in Cambodia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras and Vietnam and develop a participatory approach and work plan using methods and activities that are most appropriate.

New research grants were led by a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to Dr. Arlen R. Gullickson, emeritus researcher with the WMU Evaluation Center, to evaluate and improve student evaluation practices through the use of a conference and follow-up activities.

Public service awards for the period came in at $106,482 and were led by a continuation grant of $79,032 from the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency to Dr. Wilson J. Warren, associate professor of history, to provide content training for 75 area middle school teachers in American history over three summers.

Grants for academic support totaled $223,527, while awards for instruction came in at $58,590.

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

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