Stephen Mayo, vice provost and Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, was awarded a National Security Science and Engineering Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense. Over the next five years, up to $3 million will be made available for Mayo’s research on developing and testing computer algorithms for designing proteins. The practical applications for this research are the development of proteins for preventing and treating viral diseases.

• Miles College, the historically black educational institution in Fairfield, Alabama, received a $650,000 grant from the Wachovia Foundation. The funds will be used for scholarships for honors students, to make infrastructure improvements at the college’s north campus, and to establish the Miles College Community Development Center. The Community Development Center will coordinate projects in the neighborhood surrounding the Miles College campus to produce jobs, improve housing, and to help build strong families.

• Florida A&M University, the historically black educational institution in Tallahassee, received a $14 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will be used to fund research in degenerative diseases at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

• Howard University, the historically black educational institution in Washington, D.C., received a $300,000 grant from CVS/pharmacy for renovations to its Pharmacy Practice Laboratory. The laboratory houses 24 workstations where students can learn the pharmacy trade.