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ORTIZ ANNOUNCES $3.9 MILLION IN STIMULUS FUNDS FOR UTB/TSC

Money to fund construction of biomedical research facility

WASHINGTON, DC- JANUARY 21, 2010-Today, U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz (D-Texas) announced The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College received more than $3.9 million in funding for the construction of a biomedical research facility from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"During the last ten years, UTB/TSC has made remarkable progress towards developing competitive research on its campus including a noticeable biomedical research in neuroscience, infectious disease, diabetes, and cancer related research that affects our local community," said Vice President for Research Dr. Luis V. Colom.  "Funds from this stimulus award will further support the building of our infrastructure on campus through the construction of biomedical research space on the second floor of the new Science and Technology Learning Center including five dedicated biosafety level 2 biomedical research laboratories and a state-of-the-art core facility."

The $3,993,085 in federal funding, which was awarded by the National Center for Research Resources, was announced Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

“To bring students, professors, and health care professionals to work and research our most pressing needs for our community is a notable and importance cause,” Ortiz said. “I look forward to helping the university continue to prosper as we all work together for a better South Texas.”

For more information about the biomedical research facility, contact Dr. Luis V. Colom, vice president for research, at (956) 882-8200.

For more information on this grant, visit www.hhs.gov.

 

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