Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

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

Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to conduct a study on why osteoporosis is more prevalent in women who are diabetics than in other women.

Kennesaw State University in Georgia received a grant from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses to conduct a study on assessing postpartum women’s knowledge of complications. The research will be under the direction of Yenupini Joyce Adams, an assistant professor of nursing at the university. She states that “the results of my research will have implications for the postpartum education of mothers and their families and provide important evidence that can guide interventions to reduce high maternal death rates.”

Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, received a $5 million gift from Daniel and Heidi Hanson to support programs to tackle the lack of inclusion of women and members or underrepresented groups within the scientific disciplines. “We know very well that both conversations in STEM classrooms and processes and products of STEM are better when there’s a more diverse team developing them,” Jenn Stroud Rossman, professor of mechanical engineering, said. “Everyone who wants to do [STEM] ought to be able to succeed in this environment, because of this environment, and not in spite of the environment.”


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