ARTICLE Issue 006
Message from the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies
By Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E
Dr. Gary L. Harris
Dear HU Community:
As the new academic year begins, excitement is in the air on the Howard University campus as the University launches a campus-wide makeover with a $300 million investment into infrastructural improvement and building construction.
Chief among the structural developments is the Howard Interdisciplinary Research
Building (HUIRB), an $80 million facility that will house 43,400 sq/ft of laboratory
space, as well as 3,000 sq/ft for retail.
The facility will stand at the heart of what has been called the DC High Tech Corridor on the corner of W Street and Georgia Avenue in Northwest Washington, DC. It will house more than 8,000 sq/ft of class 100 cleanroom space, a drug development laboratory, a community space, core labs, and the penthouse for atmospheric and environmental studies. Programmatic areas include nanotechnology/nanofabrication, natural products research, microbial ecology, diversity and immunology, atmospheric and environmental sciences, developmental biology/stem cell research, and drug development.
With these and other improvements, the University’s strategic initiatives to become a world class research institution are an imminent reality. These facilities will also help to foster community engagement and enhance connectivity and collaborations both within and outside the boundaries of Howard University, with a multi-pronged effort to engage area colleges and universities in joint research ventures.
The University is also embarking upon an initiative to promote the businesses of alumni through a dedicated website that will showcase their products and embrace a shared spirit of entrepreneurial support and pride in alumni accomplishments nationally and abroad.
We hope that you are equally enthusiastic about these new developments and will join with us as we continue to ensure the legacy of greatness that is the hallmark of Howard University.
Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies
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