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Grants & Awards

Grants & Awards

Duke University’s new Institute on Care at the End of Life has received two gifts totaling $650,000. The institute, founded earlier this year and based at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina, examines issues surrounding death and dying from standpoints ranging from the medical to the spiritual. A $550,000 gift came from the Mary G. Stange Charitable Trust of Troy, Mich., and $100,000 was donated by L. Merritt Jones Jr. and his wife, of Raleigh.

Long Island University-Brooklyn has received $120,000 from the New York State Legislature to support its Family Service Center, which offers educational services to families while developing the professional ability of prospective teachers, counselors and psychologists to serve the community.

Norfolk State University’s Bringing Education and Science Together Laboratory, has been awarded a three-year, $254,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Earth Science Education competition to participate in the Digital Earth program. The Virginia university’s project will explore the use of virtual reality technology to build a representation of the planet. The technology enables students to explore and interact with the vast amounts of natural and cultural information gathered by agencies such as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. A supercomputer will be used to create three-dimensional color graphical representations of environmental data gathered by NASA satellites.

Santa Ana College in California has received a $100,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to continue its mission to improve higher education opportunities for Hispanic youth.

Tuskegee University has received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a new initiative that is designed to increase the number of minority students who complete undergraduate studies at the Alabama school and go on to earn a doctorate degree in science, engineering, mathematics or technology.

The University of Alabama-Birmingham is among five cancer research centers receiving $2.2 million grants for breast cancer research from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. University officials say the grant will be used for a new faculty member at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center for breast cancer research. Other centers receiving the grants are Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Columbia Presbyterian University at New York, Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the University of California-Irvine.

The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, with the backing of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, has received initial funding of more than $240,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services for efforts to increase participation by minority students in biomedical research. The project period spans five years at a total funding level of more than $950,000.

The University of Nebraska has created the equivalent of a $500,000 endowment that will establish a new professorship in textiles, clothing and design in the College of Human Resources and Family Sciences. Part of the endowment is a $250,000 gift from Ardis and Robert James of Chappaqua, N.Y., and it is matched by a gift from the Donald and Mildred Othmer estate.

—  Compiled by Scott W. Wright

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