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Murray & Dicks Announce $6 Million for the University of Washington

Dec 19 2001

Funds will support construction of Life Sciences Building, expansion of bioengineering program

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a $6 million grant for the University of Washington in the fiscal year 2002 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill.

The University will use the funds in the construction of a Life Sciences Building, which will house the campus' bioengineering research facility.

"I am pleased to announce this funding for the University of Washington," Senator Murray said. "Washington state is home to some of the most promising and beneficial scientific research in America. This critical Congressional funding recognizes the hard work and dedication of University of Washington researchers and will benefit the health and well-being of all Americans."

Senator Murray worked to secure the funding for the University of Washington through her position as a conferee to the Labor, Health and Human Services Conference Committee.

She also co-authored a letter in support of the Life Sciences Building Project with other members of the Washington state congressional delegation.

"This appropriation will assist the University of Washington consolidate its life sciences education and research facilities, helping it to maintain its global role in the health sciences field," said Congressman Dicks. "This was one of the highest priorities of our congressional delegation, and I am pleased that Senator Murray and I were able to convince our colleagues -- with help from Senator Cantwell and Congressman McDermott -- on the Appropriations Committee to support this project because of its importance to the future of the University. These are the types of federal initiatives that can give the University a margin for excellence."

The Life Sciences Building will house the University of Washington's Bioengineering department. Currently the program's faculty is housed in nine different locations. The new facility will allow for greater interaction among faculty and greater opportunity for undergraduate and graduate student involvement as well as program expansion.

"The advances in biotechnology that have come out of the University of Washington are being felt from remote medical clinics in the northwest to the most urban medical centers. I am pleased that Congress has placed a priority on expanding investment in bioengineering and health research."

The total cost of the Life Sciences Project is estimated to be $65 million and the University of Washington will raise $53 million of the anticipated expense. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray will continue to work for an additional $6 million in federal funding over the next three fiscal years to help the University of Washington to meet its construction needs.