MSU board approves $1.5 billion goal for capital campaign

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has approved a $1.5 billion capital campaign, officially titled “Empower Extraordinary: The Campaign for Michigan State University.” The campaign will enable MSU to significantly increase its endowment and make strategic investments in areas including research, scholarships, and endowed faculty chairs and professorships. This is MSU’s first capital campaign since 2007.

Oakland University journalism faculty create scholarship endowment

Oakland University journalism professors Holly and Garry Gilbert have created a scholarship endowment and planned gift to Oakland students interested in journalism, research and reporting. The Gilberts will make an annual contribution to the Holly and Garry Gilbert Oakland University Endowment for Safeguarding the Public Interest, and it will begin paying out within the next four years. Once the scholarship is fully funded, it will be awarded annually in perpetuity.

Wayne State researcher receives NIH grant for autoimmune research

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a $475,752 grant to Wayne State University’s Haipeng Liu. Liu, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, will focus his research on ways of improving treatment delivery to specific sites on the body, which ultimately will aid in designing vaccines against autoimmune diseases.


Stanford climate and energy program awards $10.5 million

The Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University has awarded $10.5 million for seven research projects designed to advance a broad range of renewable energy technologies. The funding will be shared by six Stanford research teams and an international group from the United States and Europe. In total, GCEP has awarded approximately $161 million to researchers at Stanford and 40 other institutions worldwide.

University of Maryland receives $5 million for business center

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business will study enterprise and markets at a new center funded by $5 million from The Snider Foundation (led by alumnus Ed Snider). An additional $1 million commitment from the Charles Koch Foundation will help create The Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets, for the study of the history and philosophy of enterprise, markets and institutions.