Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

money_bagHere is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

Northeastern University in Boston received a five-year, $13.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue its research on the relationship between environmental contaminants and preterm births. The research will concentrate on preterm births by women in Puerto Rico, where the preterm birth rate is 50 percent higher than the U.S. average.

Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a digital archive of the first generation of students at the Seven Sisters colleges. The project will digitize images from the collections of all seven women’s college and make the photographs available online.

Wayne State University in Detroit received a three-year, $173,556 grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine if residential environment is a risk factor that helps explain the higher rate of preterm delivery among African American mothers compared to White mothers. The grant will be under the direction of Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of family medicine and public health sciences. Dr. Sealy-Jefferson holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of public health degree from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Michigan.

Pomona College received a three-year $880,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Initiative. The program is designed to increase the number of women in graduate programs in mathematics.

The University of Cincinnati received five grants totaling $200,000 from Ride Cincinnati for breast cancer research projects. Ride Cincinnati is an annual cycling event held in the city to raise money for breast cancer research.

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