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Media Advisory

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Aug. 29, 2005 -- No. 378

UNC to dedicate Michael Hooker Research Center;

building will address growing public health research needs

Wednesday (Aug. 31), 1 p.m.
Michael Hooker Research Center
Intersection of South Columbia, Pittsboro streets
UNC campus

Media representatives are invited to cover the dedication ceremony for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Michael Hooker Research Center.

The state-of-the-art facility – named for UNC Chancellor Michael Hooker, who died in 1999 – is designed to accommodate the expanding research needs of UNC’s School of Public Health.

Speakers at the ceremony will include: UNC Chancellor James Moeser; N.C. Secretary of Health and Human Services Carmen Hooker Odom; N.C. Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue; Dr. Barbara Rimer, dean of UNC’s School of Public Health; and Dr. William L. Roper, dean of the School of Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System.

The new facility houses laboratories and offices for the school’s departments of environmental sciences and engineering, epidemiology and nutrition and also provides conference and meeting rooms for interdepartmental collaborations. The 125,000-square-foot facility – which more than doubles the school’s laboratory research space – has four floors and a sub-basement, 31 laboratories and 30 offices.

Among its special features are:

Note on visuals: Tours of the facility will take place after the dedication.

Construction for the $38.6 million research center began in July 2002.

Ongoing research in the new facility includes scientific explorations of ways to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, examinations of the influence of diet on cancer risk and explorations of methodologies for improving drinking water worldwide.

TV and other media representatives with heavy equipment are asked to contact Ramona DuBose at (919) 966-7467 or to ensure parking near the building.

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UNC School of Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, (919) 966-7467 or
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