MSU board accepts $74 million in gifts; awards contracts for various projects

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Sep 12, 2003

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State University Board of Trustees today accepted gifts, grants and contracts, donated to the university between June 18 and Aug. 21, totaling more than $74 million.

The grants included $2.9 million from the Agency for International Development to MSU's Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP).

The CRSP is a research and training program that supports international research partnerships to increase the availability of beans and cowpeas, a major source of protein and carbohydrates for farm families and urban poor throughout the world.

The board also accepted a grant of $1.7 million from the National Institutes of Health that will be used to study hypertension. This is part of a $9 million project designed to determine the role that veins play in high blood pressure.

"There has been a tremendous amount of work done on the arteries in relation to hypertension," said Gregory Fink, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology and one of the co-directors of the project. "However, there are some gaps in cardiovascular research in this country and studies on veins happens to be one of them."

Some of the other grants accepted by the board include:
More than $1 million from the National Science Foundation to help fund a study that looks for ways to make plants more resistant to cold temperatures. A $1.3 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund MSU's role in Kellogg's "Yes We Can" initiative, a program designed to improve educational outcomes and reduce poverty in urban areas. More than $400,000 from the Public Health Service to continue funding of the College of Human Medicine's Center of Excellence in Minority Medical Education and Health.

Bids and contracts awarded

The board awarded a contract in the amount of $786,000 to URG Inc. of WestLake, Ohio, for a campus-wide lighting project. The project involves the installation of new energy saving fluorescent lamps, electronic fluorescent ballasts and lamp sockets.

The board also approved the appointments of architect/engineer firms for two projects. The firm of DiClemente Siegel Design Inc. of Southfield was hired for a project to replace a chiller in Baker Hall. The new equipment is needed to keep the building's air conditioning unit functioning.

The firm of TMP Associates Inc. of Bloomfield Hills was appointed to serve as architect/engineer for a courtyard renovation project at the Intramural West Fitness Center. This project will provide new space totaling 12,000 square feet on two levels and renovate an additional 14,000 square feet in adjoining areas of the facility. This expansion and renovation will address a need for additional high-quality fitness space devoted to aerobic and weight-fitness exercise.