The Kays Foundation Awarded $85,645.31 in the Fall 2020 Grant cycle. The board of Directors awarded Grants to three Arkansas State University Faculty Members. Announcements for the Fall 2020 grants were made during the spring 2021 semester.
The first grant was awarded to Dr. Kyle Gustafson, assistant professor of biology and environmental health, has been approved. His department will receive $18,949.31 to purchase 12 Olympus CX-23 microscopes, which will enhance teaching infrastructure in biological sciences courses. The compound microscopes will allow faculty to better educate students in microscopy, from introductory classes to graduate-level classes.
The second grant proposal was awarded to Dr. Mohammad Alam, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. David Gilmore, professor of microbiology, have received a $13,966 grant from the Kays Foundation. They will continue their research on potential antibiotics synthesized in their lab. The award will fund students, equipment and supplies needed to investigate how these novel compounds work against the pathogenic bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Acinetobacter baumannii, which are leading causes of antibiotic resistant infections.
The third grant proposal was awarded to Dr. Shawn Drake in the Physical Therapy Department of the Nursing & Health Professions for a Hill-Rom Advanta P1600 Hospital Bed in the amount of $2,730 to add to the Interprofessional Acute Care Simulation Lab.
A second pledge installment of $50,000 of a four-year grant awarded in the fall of 2019 to the Department of Physical Therapy CNHP for the “The Kays Foundation Women’s Health and Physical Therapy Residency Program” the program will educate post-doctoral students in the physical therapy program and assist the community with women’s health physical therapy.
The Kays Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation supporting ASU by providing grants to support faculty, staff, departments, colleges, or other entities in order to further the teaching, research, and service goals of Arkansas State University.