Davidson College (N.C.) received a $4 million commitment from The Duke Endowment to renovate the James B. Duke Residence Hall and establish it as the permanent home of the college’s Dean Rusk International Studies Program.
Jackson State University (Miss.) received a five-year, $5 million grant from former Netscape Corp. president and CEO James Barksdale to establish the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Educational Resource Center, in memory of his late wife, a former member of the JSU Development Foundation Board. The Mississippi Learning Institute, the Rod Paige Reading Room and other educational projects will be housed in the new center.
Johnson C. Smith University (N.C.) received a $750,000 grant from The Duke Endowment for campus maintenance projects.
The Institute of International Education received a $1.75 million grant from the Freeman Foundation to support efforts to rebuild educational resources in the tsunami-affected areas of Thailand and in Aceh, Indonesia.
Mills College (Calif.) has received a five-year $473,507 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to support the college’s nursing leadership program — the only program of its kind in the Bay Area. The grant will enable Mills to help produce future leaders in nursing and to increase the number of nurses entering the profession.
Northwestern University received a $86,350 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for the Center for Talent Development, an accredited learning center and research facility serving gifted students in the Midwest.
Northwest Indian College (Wash.) received a three-year $989,361 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a technology program for Washington state American Indian students.
The Purdue University (Ind.) Rosen Center for Advanced Computing received a $5.3 million grant as part of a National Science Foundation five-year, $150 million award to operate and enhance the Extensible Terascale Facility — also called TeraGrid. TeraGrid is the world’s largest, most comprehensive “distributed cyberinfrastructure” for open scientific research.
Prince George’s Community College (Md.) received a $15,000 grant from the Wachovia Endowed Scholarship for students who show financial need, as well as academic and leadership promise. The Wachovia Endowed Scholarship falls under the student success initiative of the Major Gift Campaign: Changing Lives … Building Communities. This campaign is the first major fund-raising effort of its kind in the history of the college. The purpose of the campaign is to increase the college’s capacity to meet the changing needs of the community it serves by soliciting support from private funding sources.
Southwestern University received a $100,000 grant from the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation to support a collaborative leadership and student exchange project between the school and Dillard University, Huston-Tillotson University, Morehouse College and Rhodes College. The program addresses human diversity and the interrelation of differing groups as an organizing principle for enriching the education of all students.
University of California, Irvine has been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to reduce the environmental and health dangers posed by discarded electronics like cell phones. An interdisciplinary team will examine the impact of dumping outdated electronics in landfills, where hazardous chemicals in electronic waste can threaten the environment and public health.
The University of California, Santa Cruz, has received a $2.2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish a state-of-the-art facility for marine microbiology research. The new laboratory, operated by UCSC’s Institute of Marine Sciences, will support the work of UCSC researchers as well as their collaborators and visiting scientists from other institutions.
The University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and Institute of Technology received a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train graduate students in ecology, civil engineering and geology to study the combined effects of physical and biological changes on environmental quality.
The University of Wyoming College of Business has received a $900,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to launch a business ethics education program in Wyoming and across the nation. The grant is one of the largest private foundation contributions ever received at UW.
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