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Two-month grant total tops $1.4 million

June 27, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Grants to Western Michigan University exceeded $1.4 million in April and May, WMU trustees learned at their June 13 meeting. That brings the year-to-date total of externally funded awards to nearly $20 million for the 2007-08 fiscal year, which began July 1.

Research grants again led the way, totaling a little more than $1.1 million with notable awards coming from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian grant, of $178,030, went to Drs. Steven Bertman and John B. Miller, professor and associate professor, respectively, of chemistry and Dr. Sarah Hill, assistant professor of anthropology, to test the feasibility and cost efficiency of converting harvested algal-turf into liquid bio-fuels. The NASA grant, of $126,600, went to Dr. Mohamed Sultan, chair of the Department of Geosciences, to integrate Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment--GRACE--data with hydrologic models, geochemical data and field data for a better understanding of the water storage variability in large-scale aquifers.

Public service awards for the period came in at nearly $270,000 and were led by a renewal grant of $180,000 from the Grand Valley State University to Dr. David Shields, dean of the Haworth College of Business, to develop small business activity in southwest Michigan by continuing to operate the comprehensive Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center regional office. Grants for instruction received in April and May totaled $20,000.

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

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