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Grants to WMU top $500,000 in one month

by Cheryl Roland

April 15, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--Grants to Western Michigan University climbed past the $500,000 mark in February, WMU trustees learned at their April 8 meeting.

The University garnered $528,260 in externally funded awards for the month, bringing the year-to-date total to $25,886,715.

Public service grants led the way, exceeding $280,000 and eclipsing grants for research, usually the top category. The largest public service grant was for $131,354 from Voices of Action and awarded to Dr. Earlie Washington, dean of the College of Health and Human Services; Dr. Linwood Cousins, director of the School of Social Work; and Dr. Timothy Ready, director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations. The grant will pay for coordination of Voices for Action's poverty reduction initiatives statewide and pilot testing of specific poverty reduction initiatives in collaboration with community partners.

Grants for research totaled $135,650, with the largest coming from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The $124,425 grant was awarded to Dr. Gregory Flamme, associate professor of speech pathology and audiology, to compare the reliability of hearing thresholds at various frequencies.

Grants for academic support totaled $109,810, while grants for student services came in at $2,588.