• Carnegie Mellon University has received a grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to participate in the Center for Academic Studies in Identity Sciences. The center will conduct research on improving software to create three-dimensional face models from photographs as well as further enhancing programs to identify people by the iris of their eye. As part of its mission, the center is charged with increasing the number of African-American graduate students in the field of biometrics.

• Emory University received a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund the archival effort of the papers of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The more than 1,000 boxes of material include documents produced by the SCLC after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

• The All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity at the University of California at Los Angeles received a five-year, $7.6 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research on barriers faced by low-income students in their pursuit of higher education.

• The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education received a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a program to help increase the success of black students in college.