Grants for university projects announced by Research Administration

The following is a compilation of grants awarded at Western Carolina University during November. The list is presented in unedited form, courtesy of WCU’s Office of Research Administration.

Title: 2018 Spring Literary Festival

PI: Pamela Duncan

Funder: North Carolina Arts Council

Amount: $5,000

Description: To support the 2018 Spring Literary Festival April 2-5, 2018, at Western Carolina University. The festival’s mostly volunteer staff, directed by Pamela Duncan, will devote its efforts to building audiences among not only university faculty, staff, and students, but also in the surrounding community.

Title: Contemporary Native American Art Symposium

PI: Denise Drury Homewood

Funder: Cherokee Preservation Foundation

Amount: $2,500

Description: To support the one-day symposium Friday, November 10, 2017, centered on topics exploring the contemporary Native American art scene.  This symposium was one of the free public programs associated with the exhibition Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art.

Title: Supplement to Grandfather Restoration Project Fire Effects Monitoring

PI: Peter Bates

Funder: USDA National Forest Service

Amount: $20,000

Description: To build on the successful vegetation and wildlife monitoring used in the Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network (SBR FLN). Results from monitoring plots are fostering a greater understanding of prescribed fire effects within the Grandfather Restoration Project area, as well as across the greater Southern Blue Ridge landscape.

Title: Smoky Mountain Math Teachers’ Circle and the North Carolina Math Teachers’ Circle Network

PI: Nathan Borchelt

Funder: GlaxoSmithKline

Amount: $42,500

Description: Year 3 of a 5-year grant to continue an encouraging, collaborative, and non-competitive community of mathematics educators in Western North Carolina for the purposes of exploring rich mathematics tasks and encouraging personal, professional growth through fun and engaging experiences.

Title: Western North Carolina Natural Products Industry Analysis

PI: Arthur Salido

Funder: Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission

Amount: $3,500

Description: To identify key value networks of high-value natural product industries within Western North Carolina, strengthening existing industries while cultivating new ones.