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Funding Important Work

Biological Sciences

November 18, 2016

Special Education

Kay Ferrell, Jamie Erskine and Catherine Smyth received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop an intervention model that will help families and practitioners establish mealtime routines for children with visual impairment.


The National Science Foundation awarded:

  • A $300,000 grant to Jodie Novak and Catherine “Frieda” Parker for a pilot project to implement and evaluate a teacher leader development model for improving STEM education.
  • A three-year grant to Michael Phillips for a multi-institutional study of the “flipped learning” teaching model.
  • A $255,000 grant to Sue Ellen DeChenne-Peters and Ginger Fisher for a project that addresses a U.S. presidential call to increase the number of scientists and engineers in America. They’ll conduct a three-year study to determine whether introducing a research experience in an introductory biology class boosts continued interest in science.