Friday, January 10, 2014

LETU Earns Grants for Mobility Research

Over the Christmas break, LeTourneau University got some great news!

Thanks to the work of our faculty and staff, the university was informed that the W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant for an interdisciplinary mobility lab (IML) on our campus.

The lab will have a focus on international mobility research in an undergraduate setting. Implementation will include a three-way collaboration involving faculty and students in three disciplines: biology, engineering and kinesiology.

This lab will be used by undergraduate students in Karen Rispin's Wheels project, Norm Reese's Frontier Wheelchairs project, as well as kinesiology students working with Duane Trogdon in human mobility research. Kudos are due to these faculty members and our Office of Sponsored Programs Director Paul Boggs and his assistant Margaret Lister, who provided logistical and other support for the grant proposal. We appreciate their work and especially the generosity of the Keck Foundation.

The world-class equipment provided by the Keck Foundation will enable LETU undergrads and faculty using the IML to collect gold-standard research data that will advance the state of knowledge in assistive technology. Their work could also open doors for future funding opportunities.

About the W.M. Keck Foundation: Based in Los Angeles, the W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by the late W. M. Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company. The Foundation's grant making is focused primarily on pioneering efforts in the areas of medical, science and engineering research. The Foundation also maintains an undergraduate education program that promotes distinctive learning and research experiences for students in the sciences and in the liberal arts, and a Southern California Grant Program that provides support for the Los Angeles community, with a special emphasis on children and youth from low-income families, special needs populations and safety-net services.  For more information, please visitwww.wmkeck.org.