Research Administration announces grants for faculty, staff projects

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

Title: Al Norte Al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina
PI: Pam Meister
Funder: Jackson County Arts Council
Amount: $700
Description: to present a bilingual exhibit by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jose Galvez

Traditional Cherokee culture is featured at each edition of WCU’s fall festival, Mountain Heritage Day.

Title: Cherokee Cultural Activities at Mountain Heritage Day
PI: Pam Meister
Funder: Jackson County Arts Council
Amount: $1,100
Description: to support Cherokee cultural activities at the 2019 Mountain Heritage Day festival

Title: ETHEL + Robert Mirabal Educational Concert
PI: Denise Drury Homewood
Funder: Jackson County Arts Council
Amount: $1,200
Description: to fund an educational music concert by ETHEL, adventurous string quartet, and Robert Mirabal, Taos Pueblo Native American musician and instrument maker

Title: Expanding the Use of Biological Controls as a Mitigation Tool for Control of Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Western North Carolina
PI: Jim Costa
Funder: North Carolina Policy Collaboratory
Amount: $60,000
Description: to assess the effectiveness of different beetle release population densities

Title: Hidden Sediment Sources: Locating and Studying Road-Draining Gullies Using a Geospatial Model and Field Measurements
PI: Diane Styers
Funder: NCSU Water Resources Research Institute
Amount: $15,000
Description: to continue research on the prevalence and impact of stream-connected road-draining gullies are in our region

Title: Hidden Sediment Sources: Locating and Studying Road-Draining Gullies Using a Geospatial Model and Field Measurements
PI: Diane Styers
Funder: NCSU Water Resources Research Institute
Amount: $35,458
Description: to continue research on the prevalence and impact of stream-connected road-draining gullies are in our region

Title: John Brown Big Band Educational Concert
PI: Denise Drury Homewood
Funder: Jackson County Arts Council
Amount: $1,200
Description: to introduce young audiences to the history of jazz music and its roots in African-American culture

Title: Monitoring and Evaluation of the Big Harris Creek Stream Restoration Project, Cleveland County, North Carolina
PI: Jerry Miller
Funder: Wildlands Engineering
Amount: $75,682
Description: to conduct post-construction monitoring of water quality within the Big Harris Stream Restoration Project in Cleveland County, NC

Title: Paulson and Post Exhibition
PI: Denise Drury Homewood
Funder: Art Alliance For Contemporary Glass
Amount: $4,000
Description: to exhibit the work of two glass artists, Kit Paulson and SaraBeth Post, and to commission new work to be created at the Jackson County Green Energy Park

Title: Plotted and Pieced: WNC from the Air
PI: Denise Drury Homewood
Funder: Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
Amount: $12,990
Description: to commission Alex MacLean to take aerial photographs of Western NC as part of an exhibition examining human impact on the landscape

Title: Public Health Entomology Consultation and Guidance: Vector-borne Infectious Diseases
PI: Brian Byrd
Funder: NC DHHS Division of Public Health
Amount: $15,000
Description: to provide data on mosquito vectors of disease in NC, with a focus on the species responsible for LaCrosse Encephalitis