Grants for WCU projects announced by Research Administration

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

Title: African-American music at Mountain Heritage Day

PI: Pamela Meister

Funder: Jackson County Arts Council

Amount: $500

Description: to contribute support for a presentation & performance on African-American gospel music traditions and their importance in creating community in far western North Carolina by Ann Miller Woodford and members of the Liberty Baptist Church choir

Title: African-American Visual Arts in the MHC’s All God’s Children exhibit

PI: Pamela Meister

Funder: Jackson County Arts Council

Amount: $900

Description: to create high-quality, framed reproductions of four original paintings by Ann Miller Woodford to include in the traveling exhibit, “When All God’s Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of the African American People in Far Western North Carolina

Title: Cherokee Craft Demonstration & Workshops

PI: Pamela Meister

Funder: Jackson County Arts Council

Amount: $2,400

Description: to support a series of Cherokee craft demonstrations and workshops (8 artists total)

Title: Cherokee Historic Costume

PI: Pamela Meister

Funder: Jackson County Arts Council

Amount: $500

Description: to commission Cherokee artisan Nancy Maney to create an accurate reproduction of mid-18th century Cherokee women’s clothing as part of the MHC’s multicultural exhibit initiative, with the goal of representing the material culture of all the ethnic groups that have settled in far western North Carolina

Title: Establishing a network of research excellence for mine reclamation in southeast Asia

PI: Jerry Miller

Funder: Bangor University

Amount: $5,854

Description: continuation of a grant to (1) determine the processes that lead to and control acid mine drainage in tropical climates; (2) develop effective, long-term remediation strategies that will benefit Indonesia specifically, and southeast Asia in general, and (3) formulate effective phytoremediation strategies that may be applied to coal mining wastes using native plant species

Title: Native – Controlling Hypertension and Risk through Technology (Native-CHART)

PI: Ruth Turner Goins

Funder: Washington State University

Amount: $3,886

Description: continuation of a grant to increase awareness related to all aspects of hypertension, blood pressure control, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and the attendant risk factors among American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander populations

Title: NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research

PI: Ruth Turner Goins

Funder: University of Colorado Denver

Amount: $33,146

Description: continuation of a grant to develop and sustain a multi-faceted agenda with respect to diabetes translational research among American Indians/Alaska Natives

Title: Support for K-12 Educational Activities at the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum

PI: Denise Drury Homewood

Funder: Jackson County Arts Council

Amount: $1,100

Description: to purchase art supplies to engage local K-12 students in hands-on educational activities to enrich Museum tours and programs