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Feb. 20, 2008
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Sen. Stabenow Honors EMU Grant Writing Community

YPSILANTI — U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) visited the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) campus today to help honor the University’s successful conclusion of the 2007-2008 federal grant-writing campaign.  Flanked by a representative of U.S. Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) and top university officials, Stabenow ceremoniously announced that EMU had won four major federal earmark grants amounting to approximately $3.3 million.

“Today’s announcement is another reminder that EMU is not just a state resource but a national resource,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Don Lopponow.  “EMU faculty continues to make enormous contributions to both education and our communities through research and grant funded projects.”

Stabenow announced Congress had awarded Eastern Michigan University a $330,000 grant to provide support services to displaced workers in Michigan.  The College of Education was awarded $564,000 to expand wrap-around social services for high-risk parents and their families. The University’s Coatings Research Institute was awarded $1.6 million to launch work on hybrid materials for thermal management in aeronautics.  Finally, the School of Technology Studies was awarded $800,000 to test fabric materials for use in biological and chemical decontamination.

“The Eastern Michigan University community could not ask for more forceful and determined institutional advocates than Senator Stabenow, Senator Carl Levin, and Rep. Dingell,” said Chief Government Relations Officer Freman Hendrix.  “EMU will continue to work proactively and constructively with our Congressional delegation to meet the research needs of our state and nation.”

In addition to the major earmark grants announced today, EMU was awarded more than 50 federal grants and contracts during the 2007-2008 fiscal campaign.

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