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April 2010 Issue

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$8.4 Million in Stimulus Funds Support Research Renovation

Published April 2010

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant totaling more than $8.4 million will support renovations in the Laboratory Animal Medical Services (LAMS) facility in the College of Medicineís Medical Sciences Building.

LAMS staff facilitate UCís basic science researchers conducting animal laboratory studies.

Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and awarded by the NIHís National Center for Research Resources, the funding represents one of the largest single grants and second research facility renovation-focused award to UC from the federal economic stimulus package.

Earlier this year, UC received nearly $5 million to renovate Kettering Laboratory, home to the environmental health department.

Sandra Degen, PhD, vice president for research and principal investigator for the renovation project, says that upgrades to research space will assist the university in recruiting top researchers from across the country.

"Maintaining our research facilities is key to the long-term success of our research enterprise,Ē says Degen, who gives much credit for receipt of this funding to Debra Kemper, DVM, LAMS senior staff veterinarian.

Kemper wrote the grant proposal for this award during an intensive grant-writing workshop at UC.

The project will include efficiency upgrades to water systems that will allow planners to apply for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. UCís adjacent Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building was awarded Gold LEED status in 2009.

The two-year project is expected to begin in 2011. For more information, call (513) 558-5171.

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