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The American Dental Education Association has received a $672,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to expand an interactive Web site for students considering health careers. offers information about various health professions.

Bronx Community College (N.Y.) has received a $175,000 grant from the Bronx Gateway Fasttrack Unit Associates for PROJECT H.I.R.E., a pre-apprenticeship training program for Bronx residents in the construction industry. The 20-week, 600-hour program features classroom training in painting, tiling, plumbing, electrical repairs and other trades.

Elizabeth City State University (N.C.) has received a 2007 Hewlett Packard Technology for Teaching grant valued at more than $68,000. The grant includes HP products like Tablet PCs, as well as funds for faculty stipends. ECSU will use the grant package to improve the quality of its science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Simmons College (Mass.) has received a $1.5 million grant from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation to provide opportunities for female undergraduates to get involved in politics. The Barbara Lee Political Intern Fellowship Program will provide stipends for 20 female students to serve as interns for female Massachusetts lawmakers and elected officials. The grant will also fund a speaker series and pay for the students’ attendance at nonpartisan political training workshops.

Tougaloo College (Miss.) has received a $102,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help fund a community health program at the
college’s Center for Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility.

The School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has received a $1 million gift from the UAB Health System to help create a 24- to 36-month master’s degree program in the field. The new program is designed to train 45 new nurses each year to help alleviate a nursing shortage in the state.

The University of the Arts (Pa.) has received a $25 million gift from philanthropist Dorrance H. Hamilton, the granddaughter of Campbell’s Soup founder John T. Dorrance. The gift is the second such donation from Hamilton to the college since November.

The University of Texas El Paso has received a four-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund research into several diseases, including West Nile Virus, Chagas disease and Giardia infection. The grant, awarded to the Minority Biomedical Research Support/Support of Continuous Research Excellence program, will fund 11 faculty research projects.

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