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Aug. 30, 2007

$1.83 million Carver Trust Grant to aid Chemistry Building, faculty

The University of Iowa Department of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has received a $1.83 million grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine to help renovate research laboratories in the northwest wing of the 87-year-old Chemistry Building. In addition, $1.83 million has been awarded in matching funds from the UI. The grant will permit the department to expand its modern research space and continue its strong faculty hiring initiative.

The new funding -- a total of $3.66 million -- will be used to renovate approximately 15,200 square feet on the second, third, and fourth floors of the northwest wing. The space to be renovated will be used to enhance biomedical research activities within the UI Department of Chemistry. Currently, the chemistry faculty consists of 25 tenured and tenure-track faculty appointments, with 80 percent of these research programs involving the advancement of the biomedical sciences.

In total, approximately 12,000 square feet of space will be renovated for use by individual faculty and their research groups. The remaining space, measuring approximately 3,200 square feet, will provide shared instrumentation facilities. The shared spaces will be available for use by all department of chemistry faculty.

This new Carver grant follows a 2005 Carver Trust renovation grant for the Chemistry Building of $2.85 million, matched by a UI contribution of $1.4 million, for work predominantly done in the southeast and southwest wings. The space to be renovated by the latest Carver Trust proposal will be completed during Phase 2 of the State Funded Renovation Project. The anticipated bid date is Dec. 20, 2007, with an anticipated start of construction on Jan. 28, 2008.

Upon receipt of the grant, CLAS Dean Linda Maxson said: "This award is simply fabulous. The Department of Chemistry is central to the mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University of Iowa. For years, the college has planned to increase the size of the Department of Chemistry faculty and this new space will make that possible."

David Wiemer, chemistry department chair, said: "The continued support of the Carver Trust not only advances this massive project, but also encourages and inspires all of the faculty, staff and students engaged in biomedical research."

The UI Department of Chemistry is an energetic and dynamic program that teaches more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The research interests of the department's faculty include both basic chemistry and a multitude of interdisciplinary topics in the fields of biomedical science, environmental science and materials science. Chemistry faculty members hold leadership roles in several interdisciplinary research centers including the Optical Science and Technology Center, the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing, the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute.

The Carver Trust was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1981. It is the largest private philanthropic foundation in the state of Iowa, and has awarded nearly 1,200 individual grants since 1987. The current grant in support of the UI's chemistry program was made through the UI Foundation.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its Web site at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: David Wiemer, Department of Chemistry, 319-335-3124,; Gary Galluzzo, University News Services, 319-384-0009,