Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Grants and Gifts

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Grants and Gifts

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Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Dean for Research Karam F.A. Solimán has secured a fiveyear grant totaling more than $14 million to support the Florida A&M University Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI).

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institute of Health. The FAMU RCMI was originally established in 1985, and serves as a hub for drug research and discovery with a mission of inventing and improving methods to close the gap in health disparities among minorities, and more specifically, the African-American community.

The Bayer USA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bayer Corporation, is awarding a new, three-year $600,000 grant to California State University's Institute for STEM Education on the Hayward, Calif., campus.

This marks the second grant by Bayer to the institute. It builds on the first $540,000 grant given by the Bayer USA Foundation in 2011 to help establish the institute as a center that addresses regional STEM education opportunities and challenges and encourages more underrepresented students to become the Bay Area's STEM workforce of tomorrow.

The institute expands sustainable school-to-career models like the Biotech Partners program, which was founded by Bayer and the City of Berkeley in 1992, and the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program. Specific focuses include:

*Increasing the number of diverse twoand four-year STEM degree graduates prepared for careers in both industry and teaching;

*Providing pre-service and in-service pre-K through 12th grade science teachers with quality, hands-on curriculum and ongoing professional training;

*Engaging all stakeholders - K-12 and higher education institutions, businesses and nonprofit science organizations - to build regional networks that support students' success; and,

*Affording more students access to STEM Career Awareness Days and to a new year-round "Career Impact" program, among others.

Northwestern University has received gifts totaling $4 million to establish an endowment for a new named professorship at Northwestern University School of Law in honor of Newton N. Minow, a Northwestern alumnus, life trustee and professor emeritus. The gifts will also be used to establish the Newton N. Minow Debates at the School of Law.

The endowment is funded by a consortium of Minow's personal friends, fellow Northwestern alumni and colleagues at Sidley Austin LLP, where Minow is senior counsel.

The Minow Debates will likely be held at the School of Law every other year and will engage outside experts, law school faculty and students in debate on legal topics. Minow is the originator of the televised U. …

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