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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Alabama gets DoD grant money

Tuskegee University has been selected for a grant under the Department of Defense's Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions program.

DoD has awarded 37 grants totaling $17.4 million, which will enhance education programs and research capabilities at the 30 recipient institutions in scientific disciplines critical to national security and the DoD.

This announcement is the result of a merit competition for HBCU/MI funding conducted for the DoD Research and Engineering directorate, the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. This is the second HBCU/MI grant award for fiscal 2008. In June 2008, the DoD announced $14.1 million in phase one grants (

Alabama A&M University received grant money in the first round.

Research grants ranging from $245,000 to $574,000 will have a performance period of 36 months. Grants will be made by the ARO and all awards are contingent on the successful completion of negotiations between the DoD and the academic institutions.

The list of recipients for the second fiscal 2008 funding is available a .


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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