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BYU

The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies is offering special awards for research and education projects on the American experience in the Mountain West (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico). Applications for all awards must be postmarked by March 15. Electronic applications will not be accepted.

The awards include:

Independent Research and Creative Work — For individuals not connected to a college or university as a faculty member or student, and who are interested in researching or writing on some aspect of the Mountain West. The amount of the award will be determined by the research needs up to $1,500.

Public Programming Award — For any organization planning a conference, museum exhibit, lecture series or similar public program that illuminates some aspect of the American experience in the Mountain West. The award carries a stipend of up to $3,000.

Education Awards — The Center invites applications from educators teaching grades K-12 who would like to develop course curriculum, fund classroom projects, or research some aspect of the American experience in the Mountain West. The amount of the award will be determined by need up to $1,000.

John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Faculty Research awards — Applicants should be faculty members at an institution of higher education. The proposed research should illuminate some aspect of the American experience in the Mountain West. The amount will be determined by need up to $3,000.

Applications should be submitted to the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 5443 HBLL, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602. For more information call 801-422-4048.

Utah County

Utah County ranks second in the state for mothers seeking help for methamphetamine addiction.

To help fight this problem, the Utah County Division of Human Services and the Utah Alcoholism Foundation Treatment Network have opened two new treatment centers for mothers with dependent children.

Dedication services will be March 7 at 2 p.m. at the House of Hope, 1726 Buckley Lane, Provo and 3:45 p.m. at the Promise Program, 1479 W. Center, Orem.

For more information call 370-4531.

UVSC

Utah Valley State College biology professor Mark Bracken is this week's recipient of the Teacher Feature award.

Bracken is associate chair of the UVSC biology department and teaches an honors physiology course.

"How many lives have been changed or saved because of Dr. Bracken's ability to teach difficult concepts?" wrote Sam Armstrong, who took physiology from Bracken. "I am one! He understands the true importance of training Utah's future doctors, nurses and paramedics. Lives depend on his teaching."

KSL Radio and Strategic Staffing presented Bracken with a plaque, a congratulatory letter from the Utah State Board of Education and gift certificates from La Caille restaurant, the Inn at Capitol Hill and Unisource Paper Plus.