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Nov. 30, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY: UI Department of Chemistry holds renovation open house Dec. 7

EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: The information below describes an open house being held to highlight progress made on a major renovation project at the UI Chemistry Building.

WHAT: The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry will hold an open house to highlight the completion of a portion of a major renovation project. So far, the renovation of the 84-year-old building includes 10 new instructional labs, two prep room areas, and additional research space in the building's northeast wing.

WHEN: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

WHERE: Room 305, Chemistry Building, intersection of Market Street and the T. Anne Cleary Walkway, one block north of the Pentacrest and the Old Capitol grounds.

WHO: David Wiemer, chemistry department chair, will deliver a brief presentation and answer questions. Dean Linda Maxson will comment on how this project fits the development of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Tours will be given to show the completed work.

NOTE: The just-completed "Phase 1B" work to be displayed during the open house was funded by state appropriations.

This state-funded project has been supplemented by a 2005 Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine renovation grant for the Chemistry Building of $2.85 million, matched by a UI contribution of $1.4 million, for work done mostly in the southeast and southwest wings.

In August 2007 an additional Carver Trust grant of $1.83 million, plus another $1.83 million in UI matching funds, were committed to help renovate research laboratories, build modern research space, and continue the department's strong faculty hiring initiative. That work is scheduled to begin on Jan. 28, 2008.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,