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NOTE TO EDITORS: This release was originally distributed on July 22,
Research center at MEBRF to be named for Roy J. Carver
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A $3 million contribution from the Carver Charitable
Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, 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 UI 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."
UI 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 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.
"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," Kelch said.
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 UI in support of scholarships,
professorships, medical research, the UI 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 now contributed
more than $23 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. This figure includes their most
recent gift to the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions
to all areas of the UI. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to
provide funds for facilities improvements, scholarships, professorships
and other forms of support for the UI.