Research and Grants - February 2018



February 2018

  • Tanya Smith received $102,946 from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (Georgia) to support KSU's Office of Victim Services that administers the Victim Assistance Program for the KSU Police Department. The Office provides direct services to primary and secondary victims of crimes. The services include crisis intervention, short-term counseling, and referrals.
  • Tom Leeper received $30,801 from the University of Pittsburgh and National Institutes of Health to work with a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh trying to understand how a molecule named Larp1 regulates the many layers of protein synthesis. When Larp1 is deregulated, ovarian, cervical, liver, and breast cancer result. The team's work will reveal the mechanisms of Larp1 that can be targeted for the future design of chemotherapeutics to treat these diseases.
  • Catherine Lewis received $10,000 from The Breman Foundation, Inc. to fund an eight-panel traveling exhibit entitled “The Long Shadow of Anti-Semitism in America,” a digital curriculum guide, and related programming developed by KSU’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education in partnership with the Breman Museum, Cobb County Libraries, Congregation Etz Chaim, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, Congregation Ner Tamid, and the Anti-Defamation League. The goal of the exhibit is to educate and increase awareness in students and educators about anti-Semitism, empower them to empowering them to stand up and speak out against anti-Semitism in their communities.

  • The Kennesaw State University Foundation recently received $80,000 from Kaiser Permanente to benefit the WellStar College of Health and Human Services. The money will be split between three initiatives in the college: scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate nursing students; the Kaiser Endowment; and faculty development.
  • The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation recently approved a funding request of $10,000 for student scholarships.
  • The Beacon Foundation recently donated $25,000 to support CARE Services. CARE was formed several years ago in response to students who at times find themselves without food or shelter. This grant supports the lease of a dorm room for emergency student housing and the foodbank. The Beacon Foundation also contributed $30,000 in support of scholarships and travel for the President’s Emerging Global Scholars (PEGS) program.
  • Verizon Wireless has donated $15,000 to support interpersonal violence prevention programs on both KSU campuses. The Office of Victim Services, the Women’s Resource Center, Health Promotion and Wellness and the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery will collaborate to engage in multiple awareness/education/prevention campaigns across campuses, focused on the issue of interpersonal violence, including sexual violence, partner violence, stalking violence and child abuse.
  • The Georgia Power Foundation donated $15,000 in support of general scholarships at KSU.


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