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Goss Laboratory will soon get a much needed "face lift" or at least a major renovation thanks to a $3.9 million construction grant from the National Centers for Research Resources awarded to the College. Dr. Michael Lairmore, associate dean for research and graduate studies and principal investigator for the construction grant and Dr. Michael Oglesbee, chair of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences will provide academic oversight for the project. About 9,000 square feet of space within Goss Laboratories will be renovated as part of an overall plan to improve the infrastructure of the College and to meet future needs in infectious disease research. This new space will feature spacious and modern research laboratories and support facilities, as well as a dedicated infectious necropsy laboratory. All research laboratories are designed to be operated under strict occupational protection policies and will have controlled access. An overall goal of the facility is to foster interaction among the investigators that are being brought together within its walls, while providing effective infectious disease control and security. The project has outstanding institutional support and a strong administrative structure to ensure success of the construction project and enhancement of research productivity of College investigators.
Funds for the project were made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that passed by Congress in February 2009 to provide funds intended to help the economy recover. As part of the $10.4 billion allocated to the NIH under ARRA, NCRR received, among other allocations, $1 billion for construction and improvement of biomedical research facilities. The major objective of this federal program is to facilitate and enhance the conduct of Public Health Service-supported biomedical and behavioral research by supporting the costs of improving non-Federal basic research, clinical research, and animal facilities to meet the biomedical or behavioral research, research training, or research support needs of an institution.