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Chemistry Department Receives
Research Corporation Grants
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MAILED: June 25, 1998

EAU CLAIRE — From ideas to proposals and implementation, a lot goes into research.
At least one national group, the Research Corporation, recognizes that money also is a factor and is doing its best to fund research projects at colleges and universities across the country, including some at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Receiving four grants from 1992-96, including a multi-year departmental grant, the chemistry department at UW-Eau Claire has benefited greatly.
This year the Research Corporation granted chemistry department chair David Lewis funds to work on a chemistry project with three undergraduate students.
The molecule the group intends to build potentially could provide a cure for opium addicts, Lewis said.
Although the naturally occurring molecule has been known and used for thousands of years, it is extremely toxic and can cause death if taken in overdose, Lewis said. The long-term goal is to re-create the molecule, maintaining its health benefits while losing its toxicity.
Lewis sent a proposal to the Research Corporation explaining the project and after the proposal was reviewed, was awarded a $28,618 grant.
Sophomore Megan Clarey, a biochemistry major who is part of the research group, said she's looking forward to working with Lewis and being part of research that potentially could have a great impact.
"I'm very optimistic because no matter what (the group) does, we're always learning something," Clarey said.
Steve Bacon, director of communications for Research Corporation, said the Research Corporation's sole purpose is the advancement of science. Peers and a group of experts review proposals. Getting funding approval is a difficult task, Bacon said, because of the degree of competition.
The Research Corporation regularly approves about 30 percent of the proposals it receives, after the best ones already have been sifted out through the initial screening stage of the approval process.
"I think what we're funding is really the cream of the crop," he said. "You have some good people (at UW-Eau Claire). They're winning awards despite the competition."

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UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: June 29, 1998