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August 22, 2017

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Higher ed briefs

STATE UNIVERSITIES

New GVSU program, lab prepares students for cybersecurity careers

As data security becomes increasingly important to organizations worldwide, students at Grand Valley State University now have the opportunity to further their education in this growing field. A concentration in cybersecurity has been added to the computing and information systems master's degree program; classes will begin in fall 2017. New graduate and undergraduate courses will cover topics such as software engineering, privacy, systems security, and digital forensics and investigations.

Oakland University partners with CARROT Health & Wellness

As part of an ongoing initiative to inspire benefits-eligible faculty and staff members to lead healthier and more active lives, a host of Oakland University departments are teaming up to launch the CARROT Wellness program. CARROT, introduced in January 2016 by Royal Oak-based Marvel Apps LLC, is an entirely new type of health and wellness program to help organizations create the environment for real, sustainable change in the well-being of their employees.

PEER INSTITUTIONS

Retired professor and wife donate $1.25M to IU Kelley School of Business

Retired professor C. Randall Powell and his wife, Kathy, are ensuring that Indiana University Kelley School of Business students continue to benefit from excellent career services. Their gift of $1.25 million will support the new Conrad Prebys Career Services Center. This gift counts toward the $2.5 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.

New $3.79M grant supports ongoing UMD research revolutionizing battery tech

Recently, the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy awarded Eric Wachsman, director of the University of Maryland Energy Research Center and professor of materials science and engineering, an additional $3.79 million in funding for his research. He is currently developing an all-solid-state lithium-ion battery that is safe, robust and low-cost by using ceramic materials and processing methods.

Northwestern to invest $1M in reimagined Robert Crown Center

The campaign to build a new Robert Crown Community Center, Library Branch, and Turf Park in Evanston, Illinois, has secured a $1 million commitment from Northwestern University. The building and surrounding park have long served as an important social and recreational hub for Evanston and the North Shore. The landmark agreement represents a critical alliance among the university, the Friends of the Robert Crown Center nonprofit organization, the city of Evanston and the Evanston Public Library.

— Compiled by Meg Bauer, The University Record