Lincoln University Gets Grant
This is the third year that Lincoln University has gotten grant money from the US Army Research Laboratory. The university is using a large portion of the money for its 'Suicide Prevention for the Army' project.
In the civilian population, the suicide rate is about 12 for every 100,00 people. In the army it's much higher: Nearly 20 out of every 100,000 soldiers take their own lives. The focus of the research is to study cultural issues related to suicide. To do this, Lincoln's Criminal Justice Department is developing an interactive video. The video allow users to decide how they would behave when in a stressful or crisis situation.
"And this video will allow you to find out the right way to go about it, the wrong way to go about it, and what was wrong that you did," said Dr. Abdoulaye Bah, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice Department.
In addition to the suicide prevention DVD, the $2 million grant supports three other projects: land mine detection, non-lethal weapon use in crowds, and laser-based ultrasound detection of unexploded devices.
The university hopes to have a prototype of the suicide video by the end of the year. This grant is the largest amount of money Lincoln has gotten from the US Army Research Laboratory.
REPORTED BY SARAH KEEVEN