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Wed March 19, 2014
School of Freshwater Sciences to Launch Genomics Center
UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences is a step closer to achieving its goal to grow. On Tuesday, The Fund for Lake Michigan awarded the school a hefty grant.
Right now, the freshwater school - located where Greenfield Avenue bumps into Milwaukee’s inner harbor – is a massive construction zone.
Its $53 million expansion is multiplying classrooms and labs. Somewhere in the midst of the enlarged space, the new $500,000 grant will help the Great Lakes Genomics Center come to life.
The financial contribution is part of a larger challenge grant. It aims to raise funds to acquire state-of-the-art equipment essential to genomic research.
While the federal government’s Human Genome Project develops new insights into human diseases and ways to fight them; the Freshwater School’s program will tackle Great Lakes issues through a genomic lens - including ways to tackle water quality and habitat problems.