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Research Administration announces grants for faculty, staff projects

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

Title: A New Moon: Assessing the Petrogenetic Relationship and Global Distribution of Apollo Mg-suite to KREEP-free troctolites and Mg-anorthosites

PI: Amy Fagan

Funder: Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Amount: $14,388

Description: to pursue petrologic investigations of lunar troctolites and other magnesium-rich materials to better understand the lunar interior and evolution

Title: Accelerating Economic Growth through Commercialization in Western North Carolina

PI: Patrick Gardner

Funder: US Department of Commerce

Amount: $118,000

Description: year 3 of a 5-year project to facilitate the commercialization of new products or implementation of new manufacturing processes through a comprehensive suite of engineering and business counseling services

A helicopter approaches a Jackson County blaze to drop a load of water during a drought-fueled outbreak of wildfires in fall of 2016. WCU faculty member Peter Bates has received funding from the U.S. Forest Service to continue research involving fire monitoring plots in the region. (Photo courtesy of the Sylva Herald)

Title: Conduct Fire Effects in the Southern Appalachians

PI: Peter Bates

Funder: USDA National Forest Service

Amount: $16,776

Description: to continue support of fire monitoring plots in the southern Appalachians

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: $16,982

Description: to continue historical research, investigations, analysis, evaluation, and treatment recommendations for the historic trails on National Forest land in GA, NC, SC, and TN

Title: FY 2017 BHWET Competition

PI: Pat Morse

Funder: DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration

Amount: $479,924

Description: year 3 of a 4-year program to recruit and train MSW students to work in team-based integrated care settings to expand the behavioral health workforce

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