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March 8, 2002

Gov. McCallum Honors 6 UW-RF Faculty and Staff

Six UW-River Falls faculty and staff members were honored by Gov. Scott McCallum at a reception at the governor's mansion in Madison recently for attracting the largest amounts of money to the campus through federal grants. UW-RF Chancellor Ann Lydecker and Dean Gorden Hedahl of the College of Arts and Science also attended.

Said Lydecker, "We are extremely proud of our faculty and academic staff who receive federal grant money. To be funded, their proposals must survive a very competitive review process. Their ideas have generated dollars for science equipment and supplies, program development, support services, research and a number of other educational enhancements."

Faculty, staff and other representatives from the 13 campuses of the University of Wisconsin System, UW Colleges and UW-Extension also recognized for their expertise in bringing federal grants to Wisconsin.

Attracting more federal dollars to Wisconsin has been set as a major priority for the State of Wisconsin as part of its New Economy initiative that is addressing long-term economic growth. Wisconsin residents have traditionally sent more tax dollars to Washington, D.C., then the state receives back.

According to Bill Campbell, UW-RF director of research and grants, UW-RF typically receives up to $3 million each year in federal grants. The six people honored are those who have brought in the most grant money.

Campbell, who was one of the six recognized, in recent years has been the recipient of 28 grants totaling nearly $5 million from the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Corporation for National Service to support a variety of educational programs at UW-RF.

Associate Dean Steve Ridley, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, obtained 28 grants and contracts totaling more than $1.6 million. The bulk of the funds were U.S. Agency for International Development funds sub-granted by Georgetown University for education programs for Central Europeans. Other grants were from the USDA.

Assistant Professor of Social Work Jennifer Borup received four grants and contracts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services totaling $942,000 to support education and training programs for social workers in 25 west-central Wisconsin counties.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Marilyn Duerst obtained two grants from the National Science Foundation totaling nearly $711,000 to support teacher improvement programs.

Biology Professor Karen Klyczek, chair of the biology department, was given three grants from the NSF totaling nearly $566,000 to support her own research and the UW-RF biotechnology program. Klyczek ran two series of summer workshops designed to bring high school teachers up to date on biotechnology.

Biology Professor Mark Bergland was recognized for three NSF grants totaling more than $458,436 to support the development and dissemination of curricular materials.

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