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The University of Missouri-Columbia has instituted a new Minority Biomedical Researchers Training Initiative designed to recruit and train underrepresented minority graduate students as researchers. The initiative is being funded by a four-year, $1.27 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The program will provide fellowships for 20 non-degree graduate students, 20 graduate research assistants and 12 faculty development candidates. Recipients will work in fields such as animal science, biochemistry, biological and agricultural engineering, biological science, medical entomology, food science and human nutrition, genetics, laboratory animal science, molecular microbiology, immunology, veterinary pathology, physiology, medical informatics or veterinary biomedical sciences.
Non-degree graduate students receive one year of financial support — including an $8,000 stipend, tuition and fees, and $4,000 for supplies, travel and other expenses. Graduate research assistants receive two years of financial support — including a $14,000 stipend, tuition and fees, and $4,000 for expenses — with the option to continue their progress toward a doctoral degree. Faculty development candidates receive a $14,000 stipend for three months and $4,000 for expenses.
For more information, contact Barbra A.B. Horrell, the program coordinator, by phone at (573) 882-4397; or by e-mail at <[email protected]>.

Two Queens College professors, Michele Shaul and Bob Whalen, fearing that a history of the unprecedented Latino immigration occurring across the state of North Carolina may be lost for future generations, have started a center to chronicle the changing face of the region. They hope the Center for Hispanic Studies will be able to document the impact of the emerging population while it’s happening rather than after it’s done.
“You can go into almost any small town in North Carolina and find a Hispanic store, church or restaurant — the change is underway now,” says Whalen, chair of the humanities department. “But half the time you don’t recognize that it is underway until 10 years down the road.”
Nobody knows for certain how many newcomers have settled in the state, but Hispanics represent the largest influx, with estimates of 150,000 to 300,000 living in North Carolina.
The center will house every issue of every Spanish-speaking newspaper and newsletter in the state. It will stockpile census figures, lists of Web sites and Latino community groups. It would also include taped interviews with Hispanics — migrant farmers, executives and construction workers — to add a human face to immigration.
For more information, contact Whalen at (704) 337-2208.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has opened the doors of a new facility designed to provide health services to mothers and newborns. The $37.7 million, six-story facility on the Jackson campus has 160 beds and offers tertiary health services for women and for newborns in the first few months of life.
Dr. Wallace Conerly, the university’s vice chancellor, called the new, state-of-the-art hospital — the Dr. Winfred L. Wiser Hospital — a vital addition to health services in the state.
In addition to transferring many women’s and infants’ services from the main hospital, UMC’s neonatal intensive care unit is moving into the center as well. The new hospital also offers specialized care for newborns in such areas as surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology and infectious diseases.
For more information, call Barbara Austin in public relations at (601) 984-1100.     

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