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UI Medical Research Center to be named for Roy J. Carver
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A $3 million contribution from the Carver Charitable
Trust of Muscatine will help fund construction of the University of Iowa
College of Medicine's new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility.
In recognition of this gift to the University of Iowa Foundation and the
Carver Trust's history of generous support of medical research at the UI,
the research center on the top two floors of the facility's main wing will
be identified as the Roy J. Carver Molecular Science Research Center.
"Awarding support for this project is consistent with Mr. Carver's
aim of advancing scientific knowledge and improving human health through
high-level research," said Troy Ross, executive administrator of the
Carver Trust. "The Roy J. Carver Molecular Science Research Center
will provide modern, flexible laboratory space to house the interdisciplinary
research programs of some of the College of Medicine's finest biomedical
scientists, many of whom have received, or are currently receiving individual
grant funding from the Carver Trust. The Carver Trustees are pleased that
these programs will be enhanced as a result of this new facility."
The Carver Trust gift is among the first leadership gifts received during
the early stage of the College of Medicine's $25 million facilities and
endowment campaign, "Seeking Knowledge for Healing." The university
will officially break ground for the new building and launch the public
fund-raising effort in late September.
College of Medicine Dean Robert P. Kelch said, "It's especially
meaningful to have an Iowa-based organization step forward as a leader
during the very early stages of this important project. As the next century
brings changes in science and technology, the modular laboratories in the
new Carver Molecular Science Research Center can be adapted for the most
urgent types of biomedical research."
According to Dean Kelch, the need for the new building became clear
following a 1994 external review by the accrediting agency of the Association
of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association, which
assessed the college's overcrowded teaching facilities, some built more
than 80 years ago, as inadequate for modern medical education.
Kelch said, "Iowa's new clinical curriculum cannot be effectively
implemented in our current facilities. And the lack of sufficient modern
laboratory space threatens our ability to continue to attract and retain
top researchers and win external research grant funding."
The Carver Molecular Science Research Center will occupy the third and
fourth levels of the main building and will include laboratory space, conference
rooms and a shared equipment space for scientists working on various projects.
The building's northeast wing will house the Cancer Research Center.
The lower floors, dedicated to medical education, will feature small classrooms,
seminar rooms, a computer classroom, a clinical skills training center
and a large auditorium.
During his lifetime, Iowa industrialist and philanthropist Roy J. Carver
of Muscatine contributed nearly $10 million to the University of Iowa in
support of scholarships, professorships, medical research, the University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Iowa Opportunity Fund, and Iowa athletics.
He died in 1981. Carver-Hawkeye Arena is named in recognition of Carver's
gift to the Hawkeye Arena Recreation Campaign and many other projects.
Roy J. Carver's will created the Carver Charitable Trust to continue
his "commitment to helping youth through educational opportunities
and to improving the quality of life through medical and scientific research."
In the past 12 years, the Carver Charitable Trust has contributed more
than $21 million to UI projects across campus, such as biomedical research
projects, faculty research initiatives, science education, technology in
the UI Libraries system, a summer engineering institute, facilities improvements
and student scholarships.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions
to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff work with alumni
and friends to provide funds for facilities improvements, scholarships,
professorships and other forms of support for the UI.
EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: A digitized architect's rendering of the
Medical Education and Biomedical Research facility is available in .jpg
format. If you would like to receive this image by e-mail, contact Steve
Maravetz at the UI Office of Health Science Relations (319) 335-8033 or
send an e-mail to email@example.com The image will be sent to
you via an America Online account (HSRNews). Also note: You can monitor
building construction through the following web site: http://www.uiowa.edu/~fusaes/hsc/
PHOTO CAPTION: The Roy J. Carver Molecular Science Research Center will
be located on levels three and four of the main north-south structure of
the new University of Iowa Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility.
Levels one and two of the main building will be used for a variety of
medical education and training activities. And the Cancer Research Center
will be housed in levels two through five of the northeast wing of the