St. Lawrence University has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from
New York State, to assist in the construction of new science facilities.
New York State Senators Ronald B. Stafford and Joseph L. Bruno made
the announcement that the University will receive funding from the Senate's
Gen*NY*sis biotechnology economic development program, included in the
2002-03 state budget. St. Lawrence will use the funds as part of a project
to house new facilities for biology, chemistry, biochemistry and neuroscience
programs, a shared microscopy center, an instrumentation facility and
an animal research facility.
Stafford, a 1957 graduate of the University and a trustee, stated in
the announcement, "St. Lawrence University is one of this nation's
leading institutions of higher education and a world-class research
institution. By providing this grant, we help build on the University's
reputation and attract other state-of-the-art biotechnical facilities
to New York State. Our goal is to create thousands of new, high-skilled
and high-wage jobs throughout the state."
"The Gen*NY*sis program represents the state's most significant
investment ever in biotechnology economic development," Senate
Majority Leader Bruno said. "It is a rapidly growing field and
this investment will build on New York's exceptional life sciences research
capabilities to be extremely competitive for biotech businesses and
The Senate majority first proposed the Gen*NY*sis program (Generating
Employment through New York Science) in December of 2000, to ensure
that New York State maintains its position as a premier location for
life sciences research and technology development. Gen*NY*sis is focused
on all stage of the life sciences research and development process,
from basic research to applied research to final product, encouraging
collaboration between public and private research institutions with
emerging as well as established companies.
St. Lawrence President Daniel F. Sullivan stated, "On behalf of
the entire St. Lawrence community, I want to thank Senator Stafford
and Senator Bruno for their support of this initiative, which along
with the substantial investment of University resources we plan, will
transform science education and research at our University. I would
also like to take the opportunity to thank Senator Stafford for the
continued support that he has given us, and all of the higher education
institutions in the North Country, throughout his distinguished Senate
career. We have felt his support for our work on issue after issue.
The North Country will miss him, and we join our neighbors in wishing
Posted: December 18, 2002