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Semel donates $25 million to UCLA

The university will use the windfall to fund research and education into autism, addiction and other illnesses.

Yahoo CEO Terry Semel and his wife Jane Bovington Semel will donate $25 million to the Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of California at Los Angeles, the university announced Thursday. The center will use the donation to fund research and education programs to understand illnesses such as autism, mood disorders, addiction and Alzheimer's disease.

UCLA will rename the center the Jane and Terry Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Jane Semel will become chairwoman of the center's Board of Community Counselors. "We want to help lift the stigma that weighs heavily on millions of Americans suffering from diseases of the brain by inspiring greater public understanding of the impact of biology, genetics and culture on behavior and personal health," Terry Semel said in a statement.