Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.
The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg received a $260,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will fund the digital archiving of 483 oral history interviews documenting the civil rights movement in Mississippi.
The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, a historically Black educational institution, received a $176,000 grant from the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence to develop a three-dimensional visualization center at the university. The new 3-D technology will be used in classroom and research settings in STEM disciplines. Sederick C. Rice, assistant professor of biology at the university, is the principal investigator on the project.
Historically Black Hampton University in Virginia received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will be used to build a high-performance computer cluster for numerical modeling and simulation.
Florida International University in Miami received a $1 million investment to expand its Education Effect program to predominantly Black Booker T. Washington High School. The program was begun at Miami Northwestern Senior High School in Liberty City in 2011. The Education Effect program seeks to increase graduation rates and college readiness, and improve parental involvement in the schools. Special emphasis will be placed on STEM programs.
Howard University, the historically Black educational institution in Washington, D.C., received a $450,444 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to fund the acquisition of a spinning disc fluorescent confocal microscope for the department of biology at the university.