Total amount of continued ($363,576) and new ($485,476) funding during the 2022-2023 academic year

Nancy Krucher, PhD, Receives NIH Grant to Study Therapy Resistance in Breast Cancer and Melanoma Cells

Professor of Biology Nancy Krucher, PhD, received a three-year $400,241 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study new methods to combat cancer cell development of resistance to targeted treatments. Targeted therapies— which involve certain drugs used to specifically focus on the ways in which cancer cells grow, divide, and spread—are becoming more common in cancer treatment. However, cancer cells can acquire resistance to the targeted agent, making the treatment less effective. Krucher hopes her work can provide new insight for cancer treatment, including the development of novel drug combination regimens.

Emily Bent, PhD, Launches the Feminist Girls Project

Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Emily Bent, PhD, has received a three-year, $33,000 grant from the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) for her initiative, the Feminist Girls Project. The project, which builds on Bent’s research on girl activism and leadership at the United Nations, is a gender equality and human rights training program developed in collaboration with girl-centered nonprofit organizations involved with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Through the program, which includes opportunities to network with activists, meet with government officials, and actively participate in the CSW, over 100 high school delegates from Girls Learn International will gain strategies to advocate for their rights. The grant went into effect in January 2023.