Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton received a $182,812 grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on racial disparities in breast cancer. The research, under the direction of Tarsha Jones, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University, will examine racial and ethnic disparities in the use of genetic testing among young breast cancer survivors. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She earned a master’s degree in community and public health nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

The University of Illinois at Chicago received a $130,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation for research on mathematics learning by African American children. The grant project is entitled “Theoretical and Methodological Considerations in Studying the Mathematical Lives of Preschool-Aged Black Children in Everyday Settings.”  The research is under the direction of Danny Martin, a professor of curriculum and instruction at the university. Dr. Martin is a graduate of Carroll College in Wisconsin, where he double majored in physics and mathematics. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of California, Berkeley.

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