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Celebrating a year in grants and contracts

Towson, Md. (March 31, 2010) -  On the evening of March 24, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate sponsored-project accomplishments for FY 2009 and to recognize another successful year for external awards. The event began with welcoming remarks from Chao Lu, acting dean and associate vice president for research, followed by remarks and thanks from Provost Marcia G. Welsh and President Robert Caret.

Sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies and Research, this annual occasion is designed to show appreciation for the efforts of faculty and staff in obtaining and sustaining a research or other scholarly agenda. Because the submission of a competitive proposal to an external funding source is an accomplishment in itself, regardless of whether or not the proposal is funded, this event was designed to honor and recognize all faculty and staff members who were active in grantsmanship activities during  the preceding year.

This year’s theme focused on TU’s success under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and in work force and community development funding initiatives. Faculty and staff received special recognition for their outstanding efforts in applying and securing funds in these areas and in support of TU’s mission of scholarship, education, and service. Those honored were:

  • C. Alix Timko for “Acceptance-based Separated Family Treatment for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa,“ a two-year, NIH R21 Exploratory research grant funded under the ARRA.
  • David Vanko, Katherine Denniston, Todd Kenreich, Don Thomas and Jane Wolfson for "TU Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program," a National Science Foundation STEM scholarship program funded under ARRA.
  • Marcie Weinstein, Jill Bush and Beth Merryman for “Partners in Academic Life Success (PALS),” a Department of Health and Human Services program designed to build healthy protective behaviors in pre-adolescent students in the Cherry Hill community.
  • Daraius Irani, on behalf of the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) for “TU BRAC and Homeland Security future Workforce Development Program” funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration

In FY 2009, TU received more than $26 million dollars in external funding. The recently published Report of Grants and Contracts (PDF), which lists various new and ongoing FY2009 projects, is available online.  



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