Among the many grants awarded to Montclair State faculty in 2008, two stood out for their substantial size: over $1 million each. The projects receiving the grants are also notable in that they both will benefit youth in surrounding communities. Awarded to College of Education and Human Services professors Mark Kaelin and Robert Reid, the grants will fund projects which will help area middle school students and underserved Paterson teenagers.
Kaelin, professor in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, was awarded a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a five-year project titled “Epidemiology and the Energy Balance Equation.” The project involves creating a curriculum which develops middle school students’ understanding of the science of epidemiology by exploring patterns of physical activity and diet, and their health consequences.
Kaelin believes that exposure to the curriculum will improve the students’ scientific literacy, abilities in scientific inquiry, understanding of epidemiology, knowledge of physical activity and diet and their health consequences, and increase interest in science and careers in public health.
Reid, associate professor in the Department of Family and Child Studies, was awarded $1.6 million by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for “The Paterson Minority Substance Abuse/HIV Prevention Initiative.”The five-year project will seek to develop and coordinate comprehensive community-based substance abuse and HIV prevention services for at-risk African American and Hispanic/Latino youth in Paterson. The initiative intends to serve between 375 and 500 youth annually, with approximately 2,250 at-risk adolescents being served over the life of the project.