Friedland receives Morgridge Center for Public Service grant

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Journalism and Mass Communications Professor Lewis Friedland expects the report will lead to a national research project. Friedland

Lewis Friedland, a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has received a grant from the Morgridge Center for Public Service to support service learning and community-based research.

Friedland, one of eight grant recipients across campus, receieved $14,500 for two years for his Madison Commons project. The Madison Commons, a collaboration between Madison citizens and faculty and graduate students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was founded in 2006 to provide news and information from all of Madison's neighborhoods.

The Morgridge Match Grant Program matches 50 percent of grants and gifts awarded to UW-Madison campus individuals or entities and community-campus partnerships for new projects that align with the Morgridge Center's mission and goals.

This year, the center awarded eight grants totaling $301,737.

The support comes through a special program established by Tashia and John Morgridge in 2009 to support the institutionalization of engaged scholarship at the UW-Madison. Including the latest recipients, the Morgridge Match Grant Program to date has directly supported 46 faculty, staff and community partners with $1.7 million.

"We are so pleased to be supporting such inspiring faculty and staff dedicated to advancing community-engaged research and learning," says Nancy Mathews, director of the center. "Their work makes a difference in the lives of people every day, both locally and globally, and truly represents the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea in action."