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.

A team of researchers led by scholars at the University of Connecticut has received a $3.5 million grant to research how behaviors and social factors affect sleep quality among Black and Hispanic women of child-bearing age. The project aims to address health inequities and promote the benefits of healthy sleep, which can lead to better pregnancy outcomes and long-term heart health.

Cedar Crest College, a liberal arts educational institutition for women in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has received a $1 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Program to renovate the college’s Cynthia L. Blaschak Softball Field. The new funds will be part of a total $2.5 million investment that will go towards converting the grass field to all-weather turf, installing better lighting, and improving drainage systems, thereby making the field available to use year-round.

The Yale University School of Medicine has received a grant to study how to improve diagnostic testing for women with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), a rare liver disorder that can occur in the second or third trimester. The funds were provided by Judd’s Legacy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing awareness to the intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy disorder.

A consortium of five colleges and universities in New Jersey led by Rutgers University has received a $75 million grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to establish the Maternal and Infant Heath Innovation Center in Trenton. The center will focus on enhancing healthcare and social services for mothers and infants during their first year postpartum. The other participating schools are Thomas Edison State University, Mercer County Community College, Stockton University, and The College of New Jersey.

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