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09.27.12.: US News Bits

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News about grants, gifts

The Biogen Idec Foundation has continued its support of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in Massachusetts by awarding a $1 million grant to support interactive science education and outreach programs for middle and high school students across the state. The grant establishes an endowed fund, “The Biogen Idec Foundation Science Education Fund,” which will support programs that engage middle-school and high-school students in activities that foster interest and learning in STEM, and that also have the potential to work with those of Biogen Idec’s Community Lab.

News about people, groups

Junior Achievement USA® (JA) announced Lisa Gillis will join the organization as its first-ever Chief Academic Officer. Gillis was selected after a 10-month search and will lead the organization’s redevelopment of its entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work-readiness programs to include 21st-century learning techniques and technologies.

R. Rodney Howell, M.D., chairman of the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, announced that Steven M. Derks has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association after a nationwide search. Derks is currently CEO of the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division.

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) announced the appointment, reappointment and election of several members to its Board of Directors, including new members Ann Lurie, a philanthropist, and Beth Karlan, MD, a gynecologic oncologist.

The James Irvine Foundation announced the appointment of Don Howard as Executive Vice President, a new leadership position at the Foundation. Howard will join Irvine from The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit strategy consulting firm, where he was partner and head of the San Francisco office. He brings more than a decade of experience working with leading foundations and nonprofits to maximize their impact.

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and the University Kidney Research Organization (UKRO), a Los Angeles-based non-profit group that supports medical research concerning the causes, improved treatments for, and the prevention of kidney disease, announced that they have joined together to establish the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America introduced its new 2012-13 National Youth of the Year (YOY) winner, Trei Dudley. Dudley is a University of Arkansas freshman from Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence (Kan.). Established in 1947, the title of National Youth of the Year is the highest honor Boys & Girls Clubs of America bestows on a Boys & Girls Club member. Sponsored by Tupperware Brands Corporation, the Youth of the Year program recognizes a teen Club member who has achieved academic success, made outstanding contributions to his or her family, school, community and local Boys & Girls Club, while overcoming personal obstacles.

Opportunities and initiatives

Beneficial Bank and The Beneficial Foundation will launch the Second Annual Beneficial Foundation School Challenge on October 1, which will provide schools in the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey regions with the opportunity to compete for grants to fund education-improvement projects. Funds will be awarded to schools whose students develop a project concept that will create an impactful, long-term improvement at their school. For more information about Beneficial and all of the Bank’s education initiatives, please visit www.thebeneficial.com or www.facebook.com/beneficialbank.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is inviting middle school and high school students to apply for 2013 awards. To view the PSA, visit the following link: http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc.

The Keep A Breast Foundation, the leading youth-based, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization is awarding up to $100,000 in grants to organizations and individuals investigating breast cancer prevention, early detection and causes. Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2012. For more information on how to apply, please visit www.keep-a-breast.org/grants.

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