Hampton University, the historically black educational institution in Virginia, received a three-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the university’s Center for Laser Science and Spectroscopy. The grant will be used to conduct research in laser crystal development, fluorescence spectroscopy, and nonlinear spectroscopy of nonlinear materials. The grant is under the direction of Doyle Temple, professor of physics at Hampton University.

Fort Valley State University, a historically black educational institution in Georgia, received a $763,769 grant from the National Park Service and a $327,000 grant from the state board of regents to restore Huntington Hall, a campus building which has been closed for 17 years.

The building dates from 1907 when it was the university's first dormitory for women. It later was used as an administration and classroom building.