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Drs. Michael Miller, Timothy Michael, and Robert Bensley along with Dr. Stephen Magura of the Evaluation Center recently received a $506,302 grant from the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. The three year project is designed to study the influence of four refresher interventions on the retention of knowledge and skills to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as, to determine whether perceived barriers and confidence in performing CPR are affected. This study will include Western Michigan University, The University of Utah and Broekema and Associates of Kalamazoo County. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Miller.

Dr. LiuDr. Yuanlong Liu, professor, recently received two awards:

Gary MironNew research confirms that the number of schools managed by for-profit companies remains relatively flat.

The finding, confirming a multi-year trend, is one of several offered with the 2008-09 edition of Profiles of For-Profit Education Management Organizations, published by the Commercialism in Education and the Education Policy Research Units at Arizona State University and released in collaboration with the Education and the Public Interest Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Western Michigan University’s College of Education.

The 2008-09 Profiles were compiled by a team led by Arizona State University professor Alex Molnar and Dr. Gary Miron, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Technology and Research.  Jessica Urschel, graduate student, is the third author of the report.


In June, Dr. Marlene Breu completed data collection in a study of sacred historical artifacts in the Armenian Orthodox Churches of Istanbul, with the help of a grant from the Eulalia Toms Endowment Fund. Along with colleague, Dr. Ron Marchese of the University of Minnesota at Duluth, Dr. Breu spent over 8 years studying textile and non-textile artifacts in the Istanbul churches. The material had never before been studied or published. Dr. Breu and Marchese have numerous publications and papers on the topic, the most recent a paper scheduled to be presented at the 11th Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium, September 24-27, in Honolulu. Their book on the textile collection is scheduled for publication by fall of 2009.

In 2007 and 2008, Family and Consumer Science faculty Drs. Arezoo Rojhani and Caroline Webber obtained funding for a nutrition education project grant from the USDA’s Food Stamp Program and the state of Michigan. FCS graduate assistant Libby Jerz also contributed to the project, which is called the 3H: Hearty, Healthy, Hasslefree Meals project. The goal of the research is to develop a nutrition education curriculum for use by food stamp-eligible adults in Kalamazoo County.

Online Education for Separating Parents- Dr. Karen Blaisure, professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, is studying parental separation and divorce and the feasibility of transforming a face-to-face program for separating and divorcing parents to on online format. This research is supported through a Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Results of the study will be available summer 2009.

Nonprofits a Growing Segment of the Education Management Organization Industry - Dr. Gary Miron, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology and Jessica Urschel, graduate student in organizational psychology in the Department of Psychology, prepared "Profiles of Nonprofit Education management Organizations: 2007-2008", profiling 83 organizations operating public charter schools. More...

Researchers in the College of Education and Human Development have shown positive effects of the Kalamazoo Promise. Dr. Gary Miron, professor in Educational Leadership, Research and Technology, found that enrollment in Kalamazoo Public Schools has increased by 12.1 percent due to the Kalamazoo Promise. Dr. Jeffrey Jones and Dr. Allison Kelaher Young, professors in Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies and Dr. Miron found that teacher expectations for student success have also increased. More...

Dr. Jiabei Zhang, professor in the Department of Human Performance and Health Education and treasurer of the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, received an external grant of $10,000 from the Aetna Foundation. This grant supports special physical education and recreation activities for individuals with disabilities in Kalamazoo Community.

Researchers Esther Newlin-Haus, Ph.D., Kristal Ehrhardt, Ph.D., and Shaila Rao, Ph.D. have been awarded their second grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Early Reading First program.  "Promising Beginnings" ($4 million over three years) will promote the early literacy skills of young children from Kalamazoo Head Start, Learning Village and the YWCA Children’s Center. The primary objectives of the project are to enhance the literacy instruction skills of early childhood teachers, to improve early literacy outcomes for young children (particularly those at risk of later academic problems) and to create centers of excellence in early literacy instruction.

Dr. Regena F. Nelson, professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies, received a grant of $117,937 from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the fourth year of the College Assistance for Parenting and Education project. CAPE provides financial, social and academic support to college students with children.

Bob BensleyFeb. 2008 - The eHealth Innovations Group, led by Dr. Robert Bensley, professor of Community Health Education in the Department of Human Performance and Health Education, has been awarded in excess of $300,000 from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario for the development, implementation and evaluation of Internet-based chronic disease management tools. Central to this project is a 12-week healthy weight management program that features a virtual interactive counselor as the guide for assisting users in increasing physical activity and healthy eating behaviors.

Dr. Marcia Fetters, associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies, is a principal investigator for the $205,000 grant “Alignment of Secondary Science Teacher Practice and Materials in the Battle Creek Region Michigan” through the Department of Education Title II program for Improving Teacher Quality. This program will focus on science teacher professional development for Battle Creek regional schools (four public schools plus two private schools). An interdisciplinary team of WMU faculty will research the promotion of best practices for test writing, homework construction, formative assessments and supporting students in developing metacognitive skills. The project will also work to re-align Battle Creek regional curriculum with Michigan’s new High School Content Expectations.

Palmer Ms. Jodie Palmer, director of diversity wrote a grant proposal that was recently funded. The MHED (Morris Hood, Jr. Educator Development) grant intends to increase the number of under-represented students who enroll and complete the K-12 teacher education programs at the baccalaureate level.

ARLWMU researchers using a $190,200 Department of Defense Army Research Laboratory grant created an environmental physiology laboratory that will be the only one of its kind in Michigan and will be used to study the effect of hot and cold temperatures on the human body in combination with other factors, such as nicotine intake. The grant is part of the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. Drs. Chris Cheatham and Timothy Michael in the Department of Human Performance and Health Education installed diagnostic equipment and creating an 11- by- 11 foot, state of the art laboratory, housed in the Student Recreation Center.

Grant promotes effective use of K-12 education data

A one-year grant of $425,000 from the Wallace Foundation supported the development of education leaders in urban school districts to use data effectively to identify and implement teaching strategies that lead to improved student performance. More...

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Chronicle of Higher Education
Michigan Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education