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W. M. KECK FOUNDATION GRANT PAYMENTS TOTAL $44 MILLION IN 1992

 LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The W. M. Keck Foundation today announced that it has awarded 19 grants totaling $4.9 million for the December cycle of its semi-annual grant program that supports excellence in science and engineering, medical research, the liberal arts and law, in addition to grants earmarked especially for Southern California programs. The grants, together with prior commitments including payments on the Keck II telescope and $9.3 million in awards made in June 1992, bring the Foundation's 1992 total grant payments to $44 million.
 The largest grant made in December was $650,000 for medical research, given to Texas A&M University to establish a Center for Genome Informatics in its new Institute for Biosciences and Technology at the Texas Medical Center. The next largest grant, for $500,000, was awarded to Case Western Reserve University to support organic synthesis laboratories in a new macromolecular science building.
 "The Foundation strives to support programs in the sciences, medicine, education and community service that will bring lasting benefits to society," said Howard B. Keck, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. "We are pleased to be able to fund the many excellent programs represented by these grants."
 In its December grant cycle, the foundation awarded nine higher education grants totaling $2.4 million to fund equipment purchases and establish laboratories and special studies programs in the areas of science, engineering and liberal arts. Among these was an allocation of $400,000 to continue the Keck Geology Consortium at 12 undergraduate colleges.
 Two medical research grants totaling $1 million were awarded to New York University and Texas A&M University.
 Through its Southern California grant program, five organizations received a total of $965,000 to fund a computer literacy program, a senior services center, a teacher education program and two cultural education programs for children.
 Through the Foundation's Law and Legal Administration grant program, three law schools' programs in legal ethics received a total of $550,000.
 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 $869 million at Dec. 31, 1992. The Foundation makes grants semi-annually, each June and December.
 Listing of December 1992 grants follows.
 W. M. KECK FOUNDATION
 NEW GRANTS APPROVED DECEMBER 1992
 HIGHER EDUCATION GRANTS -- 9 grants totaling $2,385,000
 Science and Engineering
 Beloit College Beloit, Wisc.
 Continuation of W. M. Keck Foundation Twelve-College Geology
 Consortium. Participants are Amherst College, Beloit College,
 Carleton College, Colorado College, Franklin and Marshall
 College, Pomona College, Smith College, Trinity University,
 Washington and Lee University, Whitman College, Williams College
 and the College of Wooster.
 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland
 For organic synthesis laboratories in a new macromolecular
 science building.
 Ithaca College Ithaca, N.Y.
 To equip a laboratory complex for cell and molecular biology and
 genetics.
 Syracuse University Syracuse, N.Y.
 To purchase equipment for molecular electronics research.
 University of Florida Gainesville, Fla.
 To build an Atomic Surface Microscope System for the Department
 of Materials Science and Engineering.
 University of Oregon Eugene, Ore.
 To develop an image analysis facility for earth sciences research
 in the Department of Geological Sciences.
 University of San Francisco San Francisco
 To renovate the general biology laboratory.
 Liberal Arts
 Heritage College Toppenish, Wash.
 Toward construction of two computer laboratories.
 Williams College Williamstown, Mass.
 To support a global studies program.
 MEDICAL RESEARCH AND MEDICAL EDUCATION GRANTS -- 2 grants
 totaling $1,000,000
 New York University New York
 For equipment and faculty support for a new cognitive
 neuroscience laboratory.
 Texas A&M University College Station, Texas
 To establish a Center for Genome Informatics in the Institute for
 Biosciences and Technology at the Texas Medical Center.
 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PROGRAM GRANTS -- 5 grants totaling $965,000
 Archdiocese of Los Angeles Los Angeles
 Continued support for a computer-based literacy program in
 Archdiocesan schools and to add a science component to the
 program.
 Assistance League of Southern California Los Angeles
 Toward construction of a new facility and specifically for a
 senior services center.
 California State University, Northridge Northridge, Calif.
 To establish a laboratory in the School of Education for training
 science and mathematics teachers.
 Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Los Angeles
 Continued support for education programs.
 Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Santa Barbara, Calif.
 Continued support for education programs.
 LAW AND LEGAL ADMINISTRATION -- 3 grants totaling $550,000
 Northwestern University Evanston, Ill.
 Support for a new curriculum in legal ethics at the law school.
 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles
 Support for an expanded program of legal ethics at the law
 school.
 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Ind.
 Support for a program in clinical studies of legal ethics at the
 law school.
 W.M. Keck Foundation Grant Awards in December 1992: 19 Grants Totaling $4,900,000
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 /CONTACT: Cecilia A. Wilkinson or Roger S. Pondel of Pondel Parsons & Wilkinson, 310-207-9300, for W. M. Keck Foundation/


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