Research Administration announces grants for faculty, staff projects

The following is a compilation of grants awarded at Western Carolina University during July 2019. The list is presented in unedited form, courtesy of WCU’s Office of Research Administration.

Title: A New Moon: Assessing the Petrogenetic Relationship and Global Distribution of Apollo Mg-suite to KREEP-free troctolites and Mg-anorthosites
PI: Amy Fagan
Funder: Rutgers the State University of New Jersey
Amount: $14,388
Description: to pursue petrologic investigations of lunar troctolites and other magnesium-rich materials to better understand the lunar interior and evolution

Title: Accelerating Economic Growth through Commercialization in Western North Carolina
PI: Patrick Gardner
Funder: US Department of Commerce
Amount: $118,000
Description: year 3 of a 5-year project to facilitate the commercialization of new products or implementation of new manufacturing processes through a comprehensive suite of engineering and business counseling services

A helicopter approaches a Jackson County blaze to drop a load of water during a drought-fueled outbreak of wildfires in fall of 2016. WCU faculty member Peter Bates has received funding from the U.S. Forest Service to continue research involving fire monitoring plots in the region. (Photo courtesy of the Sylva Herald)

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: Cultural Landscape Inventory and Report for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and Unicoi Turnpike
PI: Brett Riggs
Funder: USDA National Forest Service
Amount: $16,982
Description: to continue historical research, investigations, analysis, evaluation, and treatment recommendations for the historic trails on National Forest land in GA, NC, SC, and TN

Title: FY 2017 BHWET Competition
PI: Pat Morse
Funder: DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration
Amount: $479,924
Description: year 3 of a 4-year program to recruit and train MSW students to work in team-based integrated care settings to expand the behavioral health workforce