Archive for Tuesday, December 20, 2005

State-of-the-art research building opens

December 20, 2005

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Jennifer Laurence, assistant professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, looks at her new 1,000-square-foot lab on the third floor of the new Multidisciplinary Research Building on KU's west campus. Laurence viewed her new space Monday.

Jennifer Laurence, assistant professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, looks at her new 1,000-square-foot lab on the third floor of the new Multidisciplinary Research Building on KU's west campus. Laurence viewed her new space Monday.

Kansas University's $40 million Multidisciplinary Research Building, designed to foster collaboration among researchers in various areas, is officially open.

Researchers soon will begin moving into the facility on west campus. And KU officials said they have high hopes.

"When you bring people together from these diverse backgrounds, you never know what's going to happen," said George Wilson, associate vice provost for research.

The 106,000-square-foot facility will be used to bring together researchers from various disciplines. It will accommodate about 200 people, including 20 faculty, 25 post-doctoral students, 136 graduate students and 10 undergraduate students.

It will include faculty from the departments of chemistry, geology, pharmaceutical chemistry and other areas.

The new 1,000-square-foot lab on the third floor of the new Multidisciplinary Research Building on KU's west campus.

The new 1,000-square-foot lab on the third floor of the new Multidisciplinary Research Building on KU's west campus.

Wilson said the facility would help lure top researchers to campus and aid research efforts.

Jennifer Laurence, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical chemistry who will work in the building, said she believed the space would foster collaboration that enables researchers to think differently about projects. It also will allow researchers to spread out a bit.

"We've had less space than is optimal to do what we do now," she said. The MRB is part of a planned, multi-year expansion of KU's research space on west campus. Near the MRB, KU officials are planning a third phase of the Structural Biology Center and a cancer therapeutics center. There also have been discussions about building a pharmacy building nearby.

Comments

Biodude 9 years, 8 months ago

Great place for the next ID break through in cancer therapeutics! Build it and they will not come...unless they're looking for a place with really really "open-mined" possibilities...like research on supernatural causes of cancer! Hey, KU...why not put some of that money into educating regular ole Kansas folks so they don't vote for idiots?

Jamesaust 9 years, 8 months ago

But without Watson reference librarians on call 24/7, isn't this just a 'white elephant'?

field_ump 9 years, 8 months ago

I think this building is in dire need of a name change. Multidiciplinary Research Building is a mouth full.

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