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W. M. KECK FOUNDATION AWARDS $9.3 MILLION IN GRANTS

 W. M. KECK FOUNDATION AWARDS $9.3 MILLION IN GRANTS
 LOS ANGELES, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The W. M. Keck Foundation


today announced that 21 grants totaling $9,275,000 were awarded through the
organization's semi-annual grant program. The grants, to leading colleges, universities and research laboratories across the United States, as well as to Southern California-based cultural and health care organizations, will support science, engineering, medical research, liberal arts, legal and youth education programs.
 "The work of the organizations receiving these awards has the potential to make significant positive strides in key areas of our society," said Howard B. Keck, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the foundation. "The W. M. Keck Foundation is proud of the role it can play in making the visions of these recipients a reality."
 The largest award made in this mid-year cycle was $1.5 million to New York's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to endow a medical research chair for the director of the W. M. Keck Structural Biology Laboratory. The endowed chair represents a special initiative program, commenced by the foundation's board of directors in 1990, to recognize programs of exceptional promise. The award is made periodically, only at the discretion of the board, and cannot be applied for.
 The foundation also made three separate $1 million grants. Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh were each awarded $1 million to work together on the establishment of a Joint Center for Computational Biology. The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor received $1 million to support its laboratory research in molecular genetics.
 The foundation awarded 10 higher education grants, totaling $3,740,000, to fund equipment purchases, establish laboratories and special studies programs in the areas of science, engineering and liberal arts.
 Three universities were awarded medical research grants totaling $2,750,000.
 Through its Southern California grant program, five organizations received grants totaling $570,000 to fund cultural education and teacher education programs.
 Since 1991, the foundation has also made awards to further the implementation of legal ethics education. This cycle, three universities received a total of $715,000 to establish or expand on the study of ethics in their law schools.
 The W. M. Keck Foundation, one of the nation's largest philanthropic organizations, was established in 1954 by the late William Myron Keck, founder of The Superior Oil Co. He also created the W. M. Keck Trust for the benefit of the foundation. The combined assets of the foundation and the trust totaled $821 million at Dec. 31, 1991. The foundation makes grants semi-annually, each June and December.
 Listing of June 1992 Grants follows.
 W. M. KECK FOUNDATION
 New Grants Approved June 1992
 Higher Education Grants -- 10 Grants Totaling $3,740,000
 Science and Engineering
 Bucknell University Lewisburg, Pa.
 To purchase a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.
 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh
 To establish a Joint Center for Computational Biology with the University of Pittsburgh.
 Eckerd College St. Petersburg, Fla.
 To construct a laboratory in a new Marine Science Center.
 Indiana University Bloomington, Ind.
 To purchase an electron microprobe for the department of geological sciences.
 Lehigh University Bethlehem, Pa.
 To purchase equipment for the department of earth and environmental sciences.
 Macalester College St. Paul, Minn.
 To construct an electronic instrumentation laboratory.
 Purdue University West Lafayette, Ind.
 For an accelerator mass spectrometry laboratory.
 University of Colorado, Boulder Boulder, Colo.
 To renovate research laboratories for the Center for the Study of Earth from Space.
 Washington University St. Louis
 To purchase equipment for a program in planetary geodynamics.
 Liberal Arts
 Williams College Williamstown, Mass.
 To plan the establishment of a Global Studies Program.
 Medical Research and Medical Education Grants
 -- 3 Grants Totaling $2,750,000
 New York University New York
 To establish new laboratory for neurobiology.
 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Mich.
 Support for a laboratory for research in molecular genetics.
 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
 To establish a Joint Center for Computational Biology with Carnegie Mellon University.


Southern California Program Grants -- 5 Grants Totaling $570,000
 Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Los Angeles
 Continued support for education programs.
 Old Globe Theatre San Diego
 Support for continuation of the young people's education programs.
 Reiss-Davis Child Study Center Los Angeles
 Support for a new audio visual center
 Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara, Calif.
 Support for next phase of education programs.
 University of California, San Diego La Jolla, Calif.
 Support for an interactive technology teaching lab for math and science instruction in the teacher education program.
 Law and Legal Administration -- 3 Grants Totaling $715,000
 Columbia University New York
 Support for a new Program on Legal Ethics at the Law School.
 Harvard University Cambridge, Mass.
 To expand the study of legal ethics in the Program on the Legal Profession in the Law School.
 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles
 Production of materials for the teaching of legal ethics.
 Endowed Chair Initiative -- 1 Endowment Totaling $1,500,000
 In 1990, the foundation undertook an endowed chair initiative for which applications are not accepted. Under this initiative, one chair in medical research was awarded in June 1992; others maybe awarded in future years.
 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.
 To establish an endowed chair for the director of the W.M. Keck Structural Biology Laboratory.
 W. M. Keck Foundation Grant Awards in June 1992: 21 grants totaling $9,275,000.
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 /CONTACT: Cecilia A. Wilkinson or Roger S. Pondel of Pondel Parsons & Wilkinson, 310-207-9300, for the W.M. Keck Foundation/ CO: W.M. Keck Foundation ST: California IN: SU:


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