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New grants awarded to faculty and staff

RELEASED: June 18, 2010

Excellence SealEAU CLAIRE — Students will have the opportunity to be involved in research and other high-impact learning experiences as a result of several grants recently awarded to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and staff.

According to Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs, the following projects were recently funded:

  • Dr. Garry Running, professor and chair of geography and anthropology; Dr. Ruth Cronje, associate professor of English; Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, professor of biology; and Dr. Don Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning; received a $4,469 grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board Environmental Education Grants program for their project titled "Environmental Stewardship: A Paddle and Pedal Pollution Tour of the Lower Chippewa River." The grant will provide funds for outreach to increase environmental stewardship by making undergraduates and citizens aware of the sources of pollution that affect the lower Chippewa River.
  • Dr. Kurt Wiegel, associate professor of chemistry, received a continuing award of $60,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project "RUI: The Study of Multiple Hydrogen Bonds on Mesophase Structure and Stability." This is the final year of a three-year grant totaling $180,000.
  • Dr. Todd Wellnitz, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Eric Merten, senior research specialist in biology, received a $7,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service for their project titled "Logjam." The purpose of the project is to install and monitor four large wood habitat debris jams on four streams within the Superior National Forest to enhance natural function of the streams.

UW-Eau Claire also participated in UW System grant programs. Two proposals — the maximum allowed per institution — were submitted to the grant program "Supporting the Growth Agenda" and both were approved:

  • Dr. Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor for student affairs, received a $41,700 grant for the project "OrgSync Co-Curricular Portfolio Development and Pilot Program." The multi-institutional effort among five UW System campuses will partner with OrgSync in the development of a comprehensive student engagement portfolio, focusing on assessment of feature effectiveness, portfolio utilization and student impact.
  • Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students, received a $80,806 grant for the project "The Blugold Beginnings Learning Community." The project will focus on recruiting and retaining 25 underrepresented first-year students through graduation. Students will be supported with specific programming and resources and will engage in high-impact practices.

Dr. David Lewis, professor of chemistry, received a total of $64,936 from two UW System grant programs — Applied Research Grant and ARG-Match — for the project "New Warfarin-Based Oral Anticoagulants."

For more information, contact Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs, at havholkg@uwec.edu or 715-836-3405 or visit the ORSP website.

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