MSU board approves appointment of new youth sports institute director; accepts $43 million in grants, contracts

Contact: Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 355-2281,

Dec 05, 2003

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Daniel R. Gould, one of the nation's most renowned sports psychologists, will be the new director of the Michigan State University Institute for the Study of Youth Sports.

Gould's appointment, which includes a tenured professorship in the Department of Kinesiology, was approved by the MSU Board of Trustees at its Dec. 5 meeting. The appointment is effective Aug. 16, 2004.

Gould has been on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) since 1988. In 1999, he was appointed the Bank of America Excellence Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at UNCG.

Gould teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mental training for athletic competition and sports psychology. His research focuses on issues such as stress-performance relationship, burnout in young athletes, sources of athletic stress and mental preparation for peak performance.

He served as a consultant for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan. In 1999, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

He is past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology and is a fellow of the organization.

Founded in 1978, the MSU Institute for the Study of Youth Sports is considered by many to be the premier institute of its kind in the country. Located within the Department of Kinesiology, the institute researches the benefits and detriments of participation in youth sports, and produces educational materials and provides educational programs for parents, coaches, officials and administrators.

The institute is on the Web at

MSU earns $43 million in research funding

The MSU board accepted gifts, grants and contracts, donated to the university between Sept. 24 and Nov. 12, totaling nearly $44 million.

The grants included $7 million from the National Science Foundation, which is part of a five-year, $35 million project designed to improve science and math teaching and achievement in K-12 schools. The project, funded under the NSF's Math and Science Partnerships program, will impact about 400,000 students and more than 5,000 teachers in about 70 Michigan and Ohio school districts.

"This project reflects MSU's abiding interest in education reform and teacher preparation," said MSU President Peter McPherson. "It also reaffirms the depth and breadth of our commitment to prepare students to succeed in a demanding and competitive world."

Other grants accepted by the board include:

  • $1.7 million from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) for continued funding of the Michigan Center for Structural Biology. Under the direction of Jack Preiss, an MSU professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, the center studies protein structure and function at many levels to understand how specific proteins work.
  • $881,000 from the MEDC for research to develop a DNA chip that will serve as a genetic screen or sieve to assist in the detection of thousands of microorganisms in food and water. The project, spearheaded by the MSU Center for Microbial Ecology, has applications in air, water and food safety; waste treatment; and bioterrorism.
  • $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to fund the Microbiology Research Unit, or MRU. Housed in MSU's National Food Safety and Toxicology Center, the MRU will explore the genetics of microorganisms that cause food and waterborne infectious diseases.
  • $750,000 from the U.S. Agency for International Development to fund food security projects in Africa. This ongoing project not only attempts to solve Africa's short-term food shortage, but also works to improve African nations' economies, one of the necessary first steps in long-term hunger relief.

Contracts awarded

The MSU board also approved the hiring of a Grand Rapids firm to serve as architect/engineer for a new parking ramp project for the MSU campus' north side.

The board approved the hiring of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber (FTC&H) Inc. to design the ramp, which will be constructed north of Morrill Hall.

FTC&H was one of 27 firms competing for the job. The company has worked on a number of similar facilities throughout Michigan, including the recently opened City Center Ramp in East Lansing.

The board also awarded a contract in the amount of $499,000 to Era Companies Inc. for a renovation project at Baker Hall.

The Flint-based company will oversee the replacement of a chiller and electrical substation in the MSU building.