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ORSP summary of grant awards, July 1, 2017-March 6, 2018

UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces the following grant awards received by faculty and staff from July 1, 2017, through March 6, 2018.

Arts and Sciences

Matt Jewell (Materials Science) has received a continuation award from the U.S. Department of Energy “Early Career Research Program.” The project is titled “Mechanical performance of HTS superconductors for HEP applications.” The overall goal is to examine conductor designs. This is the fifth year of a five-year award. Award amount is $150,000 for a total of $750,000.

Chris Johnson (Computer Science) has received an award from the Nordson Foundation. The project is titled “Computational Making in the Chippewa Valley.” Chris will lead activities on computational making that will enhance the learning experiences available for students in three different K-8 schools in the Chippewa Valley. The amount offered is $7,000.

Tomomi Kakegawa (Languages) has received an award from the Japan Foundation Los Angeles “Teaching Materials Purchase Grant” program. The project is titled “Japanese Teaching Materials Purchase.” The project will increase Japanese books for extensive reading. Award amount is $800.

David Lewis (Chemistry) has received a grant from UW System and the WiSys “Prototype Development Fund” program. The project is titled “3-endo-(Arylmethyl)isoborneols as chiral organocatalysts.” The amount awarded is $13,234.

Dan Ott (History), in collaboration with Blugold Radio and the Chippewa Valley Museum, has received a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council “Major Grants” program. The project is titled “The Sounds of Eau Claire ‘History Harvest.’” The project aims to document and share the roots and cultural dimensions of recent musical renaissance in Eau Claire. Award amount is $9,960.

Dan Ott (History) is collaborating with Blugold Radio and the Chippewa Valley Museum on a proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Common Heritage” program. The project is titled “The Sounds of Eau Claire ‘History Harvest’: A Digitization, Oral History, and Public Humanities Project on Local Music.” The project aims to document and share the roots and cultural dimensions of recent musical renaissance in Eau Claire. The total amount awarded is $12,000.

Crispin Pierce (Watershed Institute) has received a contract for work in Albertville. The project is titled “EPA-Certified FRM Instrument Air Quality Monitoring Plan.” Project activities will include installing a particulate sampler and collecting and analyzing samples. The total amount offered is $10,752.

Education and Human Sciences

Katie Breedlove (Kinesiology) has received an award from the U.S. Lacrosse Center for Sports Science's “Sports Science & Safety Research Grants” program. The project is titled “Lacrosse Helmet Efficacy: A Rotational Impact Mitigation Study.” Award amount is $34,967.

Donna Lemkuhl (ECLIPSE) has received an award from the Wisconsin National and Community Service Board “AmeriCorp” competitive program for the “Early Childhood Literacy Intervention Program, Services, and Evaluation” project. The project is titled “Early Childhood Literacy Intervention, Services, and Evaluation Project (ECLIPSE).” The amount offered is $93,776

Nursing and Health Sciences 

Jan Adams (Nursing), in collaboration with Megan Lagunas (Nursing) and Gunnar Larson (Nursing), has received an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine “Technology Enhancement Award.” The project is titled “SIMobile for Augmented Reality Integrated Simulation Education.” The overall goal is to strengthen simulation instruction by increasing student engagement and access to biomedical resources through technology. Award amount is $7,770.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Matt Evans (McNair Program) has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education program “Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement” program. This is the first year of a five-year grant. The overall goal of the McNair Program is to prepare low-income, first-generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral study. Program offerings include research seminars, colloquia, internships and an intensive six-week Summer Research Institute. Award amount is $244,351 per year for five years.

Bruce Ouderkirk (Student Support Services) has received a continuing grant from the U.S. Department of Education program “Student Support Services (SSS)-Regular.” This is the third year of a five-year grant. The overall program goal is to increase the number of disadvantaged, low-income college students and first-generation college students who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. Total amount awarded per budget period is $378,511.

Vicky Thomas (Student Support Services) has received a continuing grant from the U.S. Department of Education “Student Support Services (Disabled)” program. This is the third year of a five-year award. The overall program goal is to increase the number of college students with disabilities, one-third of whom must also be low-income students, who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. Total amount awarded per budget period is $220,000.

Other

Holly Hassemer (Advising, Retention, and Career Center) was invited by the Fund For Wisconsin Scholars program to lead a mentoring initiative with UW-Eau Claire for a second year. The project is titled “Mentors for Fund For Wisconsin Scholars.” Holly will serve as the project lead organizing student mentor pairing. The total amount of the award to UWEC is $2,781.

Audrey Robinson (Academic Skills Center) has received an award from the Mahmoud S. Taman Foundation. The project is titled “UWEC — Circles of Change: Family Conversation Kits.” The project will prepare resource kits to help families engage their children in conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion. The total amount awarded is $1,000.

Audrey Robinson (Academic Skills Center) has received an award from the Campus Compact “Fund for Positive Engagement” program. The proposal is titled “Circles of Change.” The project will engage campus and community stakeholders in dialogues regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion taking action to work toward eliminating institutional and systemic barriers that perpetuate inequality. Award amount is $5,000.

Megan Streuli (Student Health Service) has received an award from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The project is titled “Adult Vaccine Awareness Event.” The project will raise awareness about adult immunization. The total amount awarded is $3,150.