The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded $49.7 million in grants to 42 baccalaureate and master’s degree institutions in 17 states and Puerto Rico. The four-year grants, ranging from $500,000 to $1.6 million, support a variety of programs to improve undergraduate science. Among the institutions receiving HHMI grants are: Amherst College (Mass.), Florida A&M University, Grinnell College (Iowa), Kenyon College (Ohio), Point Lomoa Nazarene College (Calif.), Spelman College (Ga.), Trinity University (Texas), Wellesley College (Mass.) and Xavier University (La.).
The Columbia University (N.Y.) Tree-Ring Laboratory of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory was awarded a $5.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the Asian monsoon climate system. The five-year study will apply the science of tree-ring analysis (dendrochronology) and its application to the study of past climate to key questions regarding the processes that drive the development of the monsoon and its various characteristics throughout different regions.
Dartmouth Medical School will lead a $9 million National Institutes of Health grant to direct a collaboration in functional genomics that will be one of the most comprehensive to date within the group of organisms studied. The award to DMS’ department of genetics from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences will be used primarily to analyze the roles and functions of genes in filamentous fungi that could shape future medical studies, including the development of antibiotics and treatments. Other institutions listed in the grant include UC-Berkeley, UCLA, MIT, University of New Mexico, University of Missouri and Oregon Health Sciences University.
The Missouri School of Journalism was awarded $31 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for the creation of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, a center that will focus on advanced studies of journalism and its role in democratic societies. An additional $1.8 million will fund technology and furnishings and up to $12.4 million will be made available over a six-year period to fund the institute’s staff salaries, programs and operations.
Southern University at Baton Rouge (La.) received a $1 million project support grant from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund for the Gates/Marshall Redesign Program. The project is designed to radically improve the education of local students, while strengthening the School of Education and teacher preparation program. The project will prepare all students for college, work and citizenship upon graduation from high school.
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