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WSU receives $7.5M NIH renewal for environmental center

Wayne State University received notice from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health of the $7.5 million renewal for five years of the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors. The previous NIH grant for the center totaled $2.4 million for three years.

David Finley named LSSU acting president

Lake Superior State University has named David Roland Finley as acting president following the death of President Thomas Pleger. Finley will continue holding his positions as LSSU’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs and the dean of the schools of engineering and business. Pleger died May 7 after surgery at age 48.

First CMU med class makes history, honors deceased student

Central Michigan University celebrated its first graduating class from the College of Medicine on May 7, including deceased student Jack Furnari, 29, who died of brain cancer Dec. 7. The legitimate diploma was accepted on behalf of his family by his mother, Tina Jerue.


UPenn announces $1.5B hospital pavilion

The University of Pennsylvania will build a $1.5 billion new hospital on Penn Medicine’s West Philadelphia campus. The Pavilion, which will house inpatient care for the Abramson Cancer Center, heart and vascular medicine and surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, and a new emergency department, is expected to be completed in 2021.

Real estate investor donates $6 million to UT Austin

Alumnus John Goff has donated $6 million to support real estate and experiential learning initiatives at the McCombs School of Business at University of Texas, Austin. Of the donation, $2 million will go to the Real Estate Investment Fund, $1 million will fund a new chair in real estate, and the rest will finance construction of the John Goff Labs for experiential learning projects.

— Compiled by Ben Bugajski, The University Record


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