Oct. 6, 2017
The University has launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign by a university in the history of the state. “For All Kind: The Campaign for Carolina” aims to raise $4.25 billion by Dec. 31, 2022. The...Read More
Sept. 11, 2017
PlayMakers Repertory Company and the department of dramatic art have received a $12 million gift that will significantly increase the University’s performing arts programming, and rename the department’s building for a longtime arts patron. The...Read More
The University has turned down a $14.5 million federal stimulus grant to expand an animal research facility in southwestern Orange County because it would cost about $20 million more to bring the complex up to acceptable standards of wastewater treatment and other requirements.
The National Institutes of Health grant would have provided funding for two new buildings at the Bingham Facility, where UNC uses dogs and hogs to study hemophilia and muscular dystrophy in two existing buildings.
“We made a business decision that it was not the wisest use of University facilities to pursue a full buildout of all the buildings we had planned out there,” said Robert Lowman, associate vice chancellor for research and a research professor of psychology. He cited expenses related to water and sewer, natural gas and other requirements in the rural setting.
The University has been cited by the state twice recently for spilling wastewater at the site.
Lowman said UNC probably could accommodate the needs of the research without the expansion, He said options include expanding the Frances Owen Blood Research Lab near University Lake, and moving some of the animals to another facility the University leases in Hillsborough.
“It’s a tough decision. So the challenge now is to make sure we protect the science and provide the facilities that are needed.”