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Grants & Awards

Baltimore City Community College has received a $14,235 grant from the Verizon Foundation to integrate computer technology into the institution’s English as a Second Language program.

The National Science Foundation has awarded Hampton University (Va.) a five-year, $5 million grant to fund the Center for Laser Science and Spectroscopy, known as C.L.A.S.S. The center, based in the university’s physics department, will work with faculty and students from multiple scientific disciplines, including chemistry, chemical engineering and physics. NSF also awarded a three-year, $310,655 grant to the biological sciences department to support genomics and bioinformatics workshops for 120 faculty.

North Carolina Central University’s  School of Library and Information Sciences will receive a total of $756,142 to boost the expertise of minorities in library science across a five-county area. The initial grant of $439,688 from the 2006 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program was supplemented by a $316,454 grant by NCCU. The school will use the funds to recruit 16 minority students from public and school library systems to earn master’s degrees in library and information science.

Prairie View A&M University (Texas) will receive a $1 million grant as a participating institution of the Synthetic Biology Research Center. Using a five-year, $16 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Prairie View, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley and UC-San Francisco are working together to build cancer-killing bacteria, among other projects. The center, known as SynBERC, will focus on biological engineering research.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will provide $700,000 worth of grants over the next five years to the three New Orleans historically Black institutions. Southern University at New Orleans received the first of two installments of $100,000 for the Delta Distinguished Professor Endowed Chair Award, while Dillard University and Xavier University of Louisiana will each receive $250,000.

The University of Miami (Fla.) School of Medicine has received a $1 million donation from Barry K. Schwartz and his wife, Sheryl Schwartz, to establish the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity. The center will study health disparities between socioeconomic classes and will create a new residency program. Barry Schwarz is the co-founder and former CEO of Calvin Klein.

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