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.