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Employee Newsletter November 21, 2005 : Vol. 30, No. 7

Vadim Gurvich, assistant director of KU's Center for Drug Discovery at the Higuchi Biosciences Center, along with other KU faculty, will be part of a collaboration to help reduce drug costs. He will work in synthesizing molecules, a step in drug production.

KU joins effort to reduce drug costs

Vadim Gurvich, assistant director of KU's Center for Drug Discovery at the Higuchi Biosciences Center, plans to use his area of expertise as the university takes a leading role in helping to reduce the costs of developing drugs.

A synthetic chemistry specialist, Gurvich said a focus of his work will be synthesizing molecules, a major step in developing new drugs. He will have a lot of help.

KU has joined with 11 other universities and the Food and Drug Administration to form a research institute devoted to learning more about drug manufacturing and to reducing the skyrocketing costs of drug development. Full story.

KU outlines four areas of research

Research at KU has grown considerably over the past decade. For that trend to continue, KU must focus on a few niche areas of excellence and pursue them aggressively, said Jim Roberts, vice provost for Research.

All faculty research at KU has value and importance, Roberts said while speaking before a faculty gathering last week at the Kansas Union.

But only a handful of universities can do everything well. The rest, including KU, will thrive only by making choices and focusing on areas of proven research strength. Full story. explores student housing

In partnership with the KU Department of Student Housing, has added another 20 articles examining the history of the residence life experience at KU's scholarship halls, dormitories and housing co-ops. Full story.

Conservative guide book lauds KU as 'one of the best'

A college guide book for conservatives that promotes a vigorous education in the classics and humanities lauds KU for offering "one of the best state-school educations now available." Full story.

Rendering of new Sabatini MRC unveiled

The university has unveiled a rendering for the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, a $2.7 million facility to be built on the north side of the Kansas Union. Full story.

Copyright 2005, an official employee publication from the Office of University Relations.