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CECD Sponsors Engagement Incentive Grants, Helps Kansans

K-State Engagement E-News, March 2009 (PDF)

by Jenny Barnes

For the last five semesters, CECD has sponsored engagement incentive grants. "These incentive grants are intended to increase collaborations between the K-State campus and communities on public issues of need around Kansas and throughout the world," said David Procter, center director. Incentive grants can serve as a stimulus that moves a great idea to action. In fall 2008, four proposals received funding. A summary of each project is listed below.

Summer Institute for Teaching: Camp Shakespeare
This project will create a weeklong workshop on Shakespeare for eight to ten Kansas high school teachers. It is designed for teachers to learn new strategies and tactics for teaching Shakespeare. Faculty from Manhattan High School as well as Kansas State University will work together to conduct this workshop.
Principle Investigator: Donald Hedrick

Development and Promotion of Healthy Snack Products for School Children
This project will address obesity and lack of fiber in the diets of middle school children. After determining students’ opinions towards nutritive snacks, investigators will develop grain-based snacks and also develop an outreach program with the snack processing industry.
Principle Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Koushik Adhikari, Tandalayo Kidd and Nancy Muturi

Design Development of the Northview Elementary Learning Garden
The principle investigators will work with Northview Elementary to develop plans for a new, child-friendly, learning garden at the school. Research demonstrates positive experiences with nature have profound effects on the health and well-being of children.
Principle Investigators: Katie Kingery-Page and Jon D. Hunt

Measuring and Analyzing Efficiency of Safety Net Clinics
This study will utilize information collected by the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved and then provide an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each clinic. The results will be used to help start an improvement cycle for participating clinics.
Principle Investigators: David Ben-Arieh and Jon Wu