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ASU to receive $20 million in
federal appropriations for research
Arkansas State University will receive more than $20 million in funding
as part of federal government appropriations for the state’s research
institutions. The funding was made possible through the efforts of
Arkansas Congressman Marion Berry and his staff, Arkansas senators
Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and their staffs, and the late
Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania.
A large part
of the funding comes from the Department of Defense Appropriations Act,
H.R. 3326, which was passed in December and signed into law by President
Barack Obama. Congressman Berry and Senator Pryor serve respectively on
the House and Senate appropriations committees which allowed them the
opportunity to help formulate the bill.
“We are deeply grateful to Congressman Berry and Senators Lincoln and
Pryor and their staffs for their support of these appropriations,” said
Chancellor Robert L. Potts. “Our thanks also go to those whose efforts
were crucial in writing the proposals and making federal budget
Congressional funding is critical as we continue to advance our research
agenda by establishing a foundation for more competitively-awarded
grants in the future, and by gaining recognition as a research intensive
appropriations total $21.6 million including $1.6 million provided to
ASU’s Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans for expansion and
development of programs benefitting returning veterans and their
The following special
appropriations will provide ASU researchers and staff with continuing
funds to work on their important projects. The funding is as follows:
$8.5 million, Defense Bill: Standoff Hazardous Agent Detection and
Evaluation System (SHADES). Principal investigator is Dr. Roger
Buchanan, Professor of Neurobiology.
$1.6 million, Defense Bill: Spectroscopic Materials Identification
Center. Principal investigator is Dr. Susan D. Allen, Distinguished
Professor of Laser Applications and Science
$4.8 million, Defense Bill: Standoff Improvised Explosive Device
Detection Program (SIEDP). Principal investigator is Dr. Susan D.
$3 million, Defense Bill: Biological Air Filtering Systems
Technology (BAFST). Principal investigator is Dr. Susan D. Allen.
$1.6 million, Defense Bill: Beck PRIDE (Personal Rehabilitation,
Individual Development and Education) Center for America's Wounded
Veterans. Principal investigator is Dr. Susan Hanrahan, Dean of the
College of Nursing and Health Professions.
$500,000, Energy and Water Bill: Ethanol from Agriculture project.
Principal investigator is Dr. Elizabeth Hood, Professor of Molecular
$1 million, Energy and Water Bill: Mid-South/Southeast Bioenergy
Consortium, a partnership project with University of Arkansas. ASU
principal investigator is Dr. Greg Phillips, Dean of the College of
Agriculture and Technology.
$600,000, Agriculture Bill: Agricultural Research Service researcher
to be employed by ARS and housed on the ASU campus.
Dr. Glen Jones, senior
associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research and
executive assistant to the chancellor for diversity, is instrumental in
building relationships between the ASU campus and federal organizations.
He noted the $600,000 appropriation through the U. S. Department of
Agriculture represents ongoing funding in the budget of the USDA's
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for placement of a researcher on the
ASU campus, who will work closely with researchers at the ARS facilities
near Oxford, Miss.
“We look forward to establishing a significant, long-term relationship
with ARS as our respective researchers work collaboratively to address
issues related to water quality and water quantity in the Lower
Mississippi River basin and beyond,” said Dr. Jones.
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