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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 August 2019. The list is presented in unedited form, courtesy of WCU’s Office of Research Administration.

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: $29,260

Description: to continue work on the historical research, on-site investigations, evaluation and recommendations for this national historic trail

Brett Riggs, WCU's Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies

Title: Evaluation of Pollution Sources to Lake Glenville

PI: Kimberlee Hall

Funder: Friends of Lake Glenville

Amount: $3,100

Description: to continue data collection and analysis of water quality of Lake Glenville

Title: Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) for Professionals Serving Rural Western NC and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

PI: Patricia Morse

Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Amount: $1,350,000

Description: to recruit and train students to provide substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services in integrated, interdisciplinary, and team based care to medically underserved communities

Title: REC Trail of Tears Partnership Agreement

PI: Brett Riggs

Funder: USDA National Forest Service

Amount: $199,988

Description: to develop an interactive visualization interpretive system as a public interface for the Fort Armistead site in the Cherokee National Forest

Title: Research Incubation Program for Undergraduates in Nuclear Related Engineering Fields (RIU-NRE)

PI: Bora Karayaka

Funder: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Amount: $199,795

Description: to fund six scholarships for specially selected, highly motivated engineering students specializing in electric power, mechanical and electrical disciplines

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