Grants for WCU projects announced by Research Administration

The following is a compilation of grants awarded at Western Carolina University during September and October of 2018. The list is presented in unedited form, courtesy of WCU’s Office of Research Administration.

Grants awarded to WCU Sept. 1-30

Title: Archaeological Excavation Work in the Federal Republic of Germany
PI: Nicholas Passalacqua
Funder: DOD Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
Amount: $185,551
Description: to conduct archaeological field surveys and systematic archaeological excavation of human remains and material evidence associated with the loss of a WW-II bomber.

Title: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments, Adaptation, and Communication
PI: Robert Young
Funder: National Park Service
Amount: $80,000 (Supplement to a 2-year award)
Description: to provide the general public and parks with tools and technical support to respond to the threats of natural hazards and climate change.

Title: Effects of ultraviolet and infrared radiation on the hemlock wooly adelgid and their bacterial endosymbionts
PI: Angela Mech
Funder:  USDA National Forest Service
Amount: $20,000
Description: to better understand the role UV and IR radiation has on insect bacterial endosymbionts, to contribute to silvicultural and restoration efforts for eastern hemlock.

Title: North Carolina School Executive Leadership Program: Advancing School Leadership in NC
PI: Jessica Weiler
Funder: North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development
Amount: $700,000 (2-year continuation)
Description: to help prepare educators to become school principals and strengthen the quality of educational leadership in public schools.

Title: Research on conservation and recovery of the endangered dusky gopher frog
PI: Joseph Pechmann
Funder: US Fish and Wildlife Service
Amount: $90,000 (continuation of a 3-year award)
Description: To continue and expand research related to the conservation and management of the endangered dusky gopher frog, Rana sevosa.

Title: Talent Search
PI: Todd Murdock
Funder: US Department of Education
Amount: $393,402 (year 3 of a 5-year grant)
Description: To support and empower Western North Carolina students in grades 7-12 and prepare them for college through tutoring and enrichment programs.

Grants awarded to WCU Oct. 1-31

Title: Conduct Fire Effects in the Southern Appalachians
PI: Peter Bates
Funder: USDA National Forest Service
Amount: $16,776
Description: to continue support of fire monitoring plots in the southern Appalachians

Title: Expanding the Use of Biological Controls as a Mitigation Tool for Control of Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Western North Carolina
PI: James Costa
Funder: North Carolina Policy Collaboratory
Amount: $140,000
Description: to establish and monitor Laricobius spp. field insectaries, in order to assess effectiveness of beetle predators.

Title: Native – Controlling Hypertension and Risk Through Technology (Native-CHART)
PI: Ruth Goins
Funder: Washington State University
Amount: $6,601 (amendment to a 5-year award)
Description: to increase awareness 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: North Carolina American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting
PI: Indrani Bose
Funder: North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Amount: $2,100
Description: to support the North Carolina Branch Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, a venue for students to present their work to a broad audience.

Title: Roads to Learning and Earning: Preparing Personnel to Improve Post-School Outcomes for Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
PI: David Westling
Funder: US Department of Education
Amount: $125,000 (year 2 of a 5-year award)
Description: to improve adult outcomes for persons with IDD in the areas of post-secondary education, community living, and community employment through the professional preparation of special education teachers and related services providers.

Title: Shadow Cats Program
PI: Sky Sampson
Funder: Cherokee Preservation Foundation
Amount: $7,150
Description: to expose Cherokee high school students to career paths of their choice as they job shadow someone in that career or major for two weeks.

Title: Silica protection in the construction industry
PI: Ahmed Al-Bayati
Funder: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Amount: $75,000
Description: to prepare safety training materials for at-risk construction workers (e.g., limited English-proficiency workers, illiterate or low-literacy workers, young workers, minority workers, and other hard-to-reach workers) who may be exposed to airborne silica.

Title: The Way We Worked
PI: Pamela Meister
Funder: North Carolina Humanities Council
Amount: $2,000
Description: – to expand exhibit-related programming to a 7-county audience and include WCU students in engaged learning with community partners.