Grants and Gifts

• Alabama State University received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will enable the university to continue its Business International Educational Program for the next two years. The program has provided the funds for Alabama State students to study international business in China, South Korea, Taiwan, and other nations.

• The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a five-year, $7.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish the UIC Center of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities. The money will fund research on racial differences in prostate, colorectal, and breast cancer.

• Southern University, the historically black educational institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund research on optical materials for use in the advanced version of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.