Research Administration announces grants for faculty, staff projects

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

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: $29,260
Description: to continue work on the historical research, on-site investigations, evaluation and recommendations for this national historic trail

Brett Riggs, WCU’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies

Title: Evaluation of Pollution Sources to Lake Glenville
PI: Kimberlee Hall
Funder: Friends of Lake Glenville
Amount: $3,100
Description: to continue data collection and analysis of water quality of Lake Glenville

Title: Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) for Professionals Serving Rural Western NC and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
PI: Patricia Morse
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Amount: $1,350,000
Description: to recruit and train students to provide substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services in integrated, interdisciplinary, and team based care to medically underserved communities

Title: REC Trail of Tears Partnership Agreement
PI: Brett Riggs
Funder: USDA National Forest Service
Amount: $199,988
Description: to develop an interactive visualization interpretive system as a public interface for the Fort Armistead site in the Cherokee National Forest

Title: Research Incubation Program for Undergraduates in Nuclear Related Engineering Fields (RIU-NRE)
PI: Bora Karayaka
Funder: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Amount: $199,795
Description: to fund six scholarships for specially selected, highly motivated engineering students specializing in electric power, mechanical and electrical disciplines