News from other Michigan public universities and U-M peer institutions across the nation.

STATE UNIVERSITIES

CMU parent-child center launched

Central Michigan University’s new Center for Children, Families and Communities expands parent-child interaction therapy services for young children experiencing behavior problems to families in need throughout the state. The center is one of a few parent-child training locations in the country. It was launched with a $375,000 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Grant aids Ferris students with child care costs

The Tot’s Place Child Development Center at Ferris State University is receiving a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education totaling more than $400,000. The Child Care Access Means Parents in School grant assists students with childcare costs. Eligible students can have 70 to 100 percent of those costs paid for depending on grade point average, military involvement and other factors. Tot’s Place seeks to provide quality childcare for students, faculty, staff and community members and serves as a laboratory for academic programs.

PEER INSTITUTIONS

Grant awards aim to spark scientific discovery

A $540 million gift is being divided equally among six Ludwig Cancer Research centers at six academic institutions throughout the United States. According to the Ludwig announcement, this new financial support is among the largest private gifts ever for cancer research. Identical $90 million grants are being awarded to Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago.

Historic gift will renovate IU hall, launch campaign

Indiana University Athletics has received a $40 million gift, the largest in its history, from alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt. It will provide renovations to Assembly Hall and launch IU Athletics’ $150 million Catching Excellence: The Campaign for Indiana University Athletics capital campaign. In honor of the gift, Assembly Hall will be renamed the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

University of Minnesota establishes Informatics Institute

To play a leadership role in shaping informatics and advancing data analytics to enhance research competitiveness and capacity, the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute is being established. It will partner with Minnesota industry to harness the power of big data for economic growth, meet the educational needs of students, satisfy the research and educational needs of faculty and staff, and more.

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