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Lake Superior State marks record year in grants, contracts

In 2014, Lake Superior State University’s grants and contracts reached just more than $3 million total, a record for the school. The total includes a $1.8 million federal Title III “Strengthening Institutions” grant, designed to improve teaching, learning, institutional management and fiscal stability. A number of other grants received by LSSU were associated with environmental protection and community education.

MSU to launch new master’s program

To prepare students for leadership positions in arts advocacy, cultural organizations and entrepreneurship, Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters will launch a new master’s of arts and cultural management multidisciplinary degree in fall 2015. The curriculum will feature three distinct tracks: museum studies, artistic administration and executive management, offering exposure to artistic and cultural management depending on a student’s interests.

Wayne State receives grant for mental health care work force

Two professors at Wayne State University’s College of Nursing have received a three-year, $526,696 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support and restore Michigan’s depleted numbers of mental health care providers. Feleta Wilson, associate professor of nursing, and Umeika Stephens, clinical assistant professor of nursing, will work to educate and replenish Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners throughout Michigan, focusing on Michigan’s most rural and underserved areas.


UNC School of Information and Library Science receives $25.3M

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science has been awarded its largest contract ever to operate the Environmental Protection Agency Research Triangle Park Library over the next five years. The new award, of $25.3 million, significantly expands the scope of work to manage agencywide subscriptions to journals and other information products.

UPenn, UGeorgia awarded $23.4M for pathogen genomics database

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease has awarded the Eukaryotic Pathogen Genomics Database (run by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Georgia) a new five-year contract, expected to total $23.4 million. Since 2000, a team of scientists from both institutions has been developing genome database resources for microbial pathogens, including the parasites responsible for malaria and sleeping sickness.


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