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May 21, 2002 – No. 287


School of Public Health to break ground on new research center

Thursday (May 23), 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Adjacent to Rosenau Hall, near east tree line of Rosenau parking lot

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health, Columbia Street

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health will break ground on its new $38.6 million, 125,000-square-foot research center.

Once completed, this new facility will provide state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, a high-tech auditorium and office space for faculty, support staff and students in the school’s departments of epidemiology, nutrition, and environmental sciences and engineering.

The school’s dean, Dr. Bill Roper, will host the brief ceremony, joined by University of North Carolina President Molly Broad, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser and UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Richard "Stick" Williams.

Business leaders involved in raising private funds to support this project also will participate, among them Max Wallace, president and chief executive officer of Cogent Neuroscience Inc. in Durham; and Keith Crisco, president and chairman of Asheboro Elastics Corp. in Asheboro. Also attending will be Bob Greczyn, president and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross and Blue shield of North Carolina, who chairs the school's efforts in support of the university's Carolina First campaign; and Dr. Dennis Gillings, chairman and chief executive officer of Quintiles Transnational Corp. in Research Triangle Park; and his wife, Joan. Both serve as honorary chairs of the school’s efforts in support of the university’s Carolina First campaign.

UNC-Chapel Hill is leveraging both private and public funds to make the new research center possible. Other funding sources are the statewide higher education improvement bonds and overhead receipts, the funds research universities receive from the federal government to reimburse the cost of conducting scientific work.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health is the nation’s top-ranked school of its kind at a public university and North Carolina’s only school of public health.

Special note to broadcasters, videographers and photographers: The Rosenau parking lot – where news media visiting the school usually park – is adjacent to the groundbreaking site and will be closed for Thursday’s event. Members of the news media are asked to park on the plaza in front of the school’s McGavran-Greenberg Hall. This area is along Pittsboro Street, just across the street from the State Employees’ Credit Union and a short distance from the groundbreaking site.

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