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Oct. 22, 2004
Vol. 29, No. 5

KU seeks approval for research center
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Thanksgiving program celebrates 50 years of hospitality
KU among 2005 Fiske ‘Best Buys’
KU Medical Center announces new faculty
Kemper kudos
Flu vaccine shortage affects KU clinics, area events
School of Education under new leadership

Biology center opens
Supreme Court justice to visit KU
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Black leadership event draws 500 students

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Biology center opens

KU dignitarties cut a ribbon at the dedication of KU’s new Structural Biology Center Oct. 15. Pictured from left are David VanderVelde, director of KU’s Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory; Vice Provost Lindy Eakin; Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger; Dale Seuferling, president of the KU Endowment Association; Chancellor Robert Hemenway; Jim Roberts, vice provost for research and president of the KU Center for Research; Reggie Robinson, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents; Robert Hanzlik, professor of medicinal chemistry; and Laura Lucas, postdoctoral researcher in pharmaceutical chemistry. R. Steve Dick/University Relations

State-of-the-art facility to support bioscience studies

KU dedicated its newest research facility, the Structural Biology Center, on Oct. 15. The center is west of the Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories on west campus.

“The Structural Biology Center represents a major step forward in KU’s strategic plan for continued bioscience research success,” said Jim Roberts, vice provost for research and president of the KU Center for Research. “The state-of-the-art instrumentation in the center is without parallel in the region and rivals the holdings of major pharmaceutical companies.”

The primary instrument of the 17,000-square-foot center is the 800-megahertz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, which will allow researchers to learn more about how proteins interact with the human body and how those interactions can be used to develop new drugs. The center was designed around the environmental requirements to operate the spectrometer, Roberts said.

The center cost $7.4 million to build, including the cost of the spectrometer and other instruments. Bonds authorized by the Kansas Legislature provided $5 million of that total. The remaining $2.4 million was provided directly by the KU Center for Research, a nonprofit foundation designed to facilitate and increase research on the Lawrence campus, and the provost’s office at KU. The KU Endowment Association donated land for the building.

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