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Jewell receives funding for life sciences research
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
March 12, 2009

Funding to enhance collaboration between William Jewell College science faculty and students and members of the Kansas City area life sciences research community was included in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed by Congress March 10. The bill was signed into law by President Obama March 11.

The $190,000 in funding will be used to purchase state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation that will enhance collaboration between science faculty and students at William Jewell and members of the Kansas City area life sciences research community. The funding will allow William Jewell faculty and students to advance research specifically in the areas of coronary artery disease, brain cancer, colon cancer, protein folding disorders and microbial infections.

“We appreciate this recognition of the good work that William Jewell College is doing in the arena of faculty-directed research,” said Dr. David Sallee, president of William Jewell College. “The Kansas City metropolitan area is poised to be a major international contributor in research for the life sciences, and William Jewell is pleased to be a part of that extended community. This project will contribute to an increase in the quantity and quality of the Kansas City area life sciences workforce, in addition to improving the area’s scientific infrastructure.”

Dr. Sallee said that the College was appreciative of the support received from U.S. Congressman Sam Graves in obtaining funding for the research project. “Congressman Graves has been extraordinarily supportive in his efforts to secure funding for research in the life sciences,” said Dr. Sallee. “This work will ultimately benefit not only area residents, but those throughout the region and the country as well.”

Rep. Graves noted: “This will allow today’s students to start working on tomorrow’s cures. It is one more piece in making the Kansas City region a destination for research companies that are performing ground-breaking work and creating new high-paying jobs.”

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than 1.5 million.

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