Grants for university projects announced by Research Administration

A grant of nearly $50,000 will be used to continue an afterschool program for fourth- through sixth-graders that is designed to teach ecological and hydrological content, as well as the nature of scientific investigation, through field and lab investigations.

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

Title: Clinical and Social Determinants of Health for Obesity: A lifespan investigation of overweight/obesity among American Indians and Alaska Natives
PI: Cheryl Conway
Funder: NIH via University of Colorado Denver
Amount: $7,393
Description: to coordinate data analysis to address important diabetes-related health concerns of American Indians and Alaska Natives across ages/stages, genders, and during transitional periods.

Title: Farm Agricultural Resources and Mediation in Virginia (FARM-VA)
PI: Brian Clarke
Funder: US Department of Agriculture
Amount: $21,000
Description: to provide certified agricultural mediation services to USDA customers in Virginia

Title: Feasibility Study for Reintroduction of Native Mussels to upper Oconaluftee River
PI: Thomas Martin
Funder: Tennessee Valley Authority
Amount: $22,350
Description: to conduct a feasibility study to monitor survival and growth of four native mussels along the Oconaluftee to identify species and locations for future restoration projects

Title: Highlands Biological Station Outreach Programs
PI: Michael Brannon
Funder: Duke Energy Foundation
Amount: $3,000
Description: to subsidize outdoor education program fees for students in grades preK-12 throughout the mountain counties of western North Carolina in 2017-18

Title: North Carolina Agricultural Mediation Program (NCAMP)
PI: Brian Clarke
Funder: US Department of Agriculture
Amount: $21,360
Description: to provide agricultural mediation services to USDA customers in North Carolina

Title: SBTDC at Western Carolina University
PI: Sandra Dennison
Funder: North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center
Amount: $210,268
Description: to support the SBTDC Regional Service Center at Western Carolina University, which offers specialty programs for small businesses

Title: SECU Public Fellows Internship Program
PI: Theresa Paul
Funder: State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation
Amount: $100,000
Description: to support a comprehensive summer internship program for students in select majors in the humanities and social sciences, combining professional skill development and hands-on experience with regional organizations

Title: Watershed Moments: Exploring Science and Math in Cullowhee Creek
PI: Karen Kandl
Funder: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Amount: $49,613
Description: to continue an after-school program for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders designed to teach ecological and hydrological content, as well as the nature of scientific investigation, through field and lab investigations