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.

The University of Arkansas received a $424,545 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a more accurate and less-invasive method for detecting breast cancer. Researchers will use pulsed, terahertz imaging, a type of electromagnetic radiation technology that produces high-quality images of biological tissue down to roughly 80 micrometers. The method scatters fewer waves than radiography, which enables deeper imaging into the tissue. The research is under the direction of Magda El- Shenawee, a professor of electrical engineering at the university.

National breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen announced the awarding of $1.5 million for three new metastatic breast cancer research projects — each co-led by a Duke University Cancer Institute investigator and a University of North Carolina Linberger Comprehensive Cancer Center investigator. The grants will support evidence-based research into the biological and societal drivers of breast cancer metastasis and mortality and will catalyze the development of potential new treatments.

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women to support the university’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy Program. The grant will help the university expand its efforts to proactively prevent and respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus.

Researchers at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University have been awarded a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to study a novel behavioral intervention targeting binge drinking and sexual assault among college students that is tailored by gender and sexual orientation. Using the funding, the researchers will recruit a diverse set of 3,300 college students and assess how the intervention program impacts alcohol use, sexual assault perpetration and victimization, and bystander intervention over the course of a year.

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