August 26, 1999
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STORY SOURCE: Bill Gray, 509/358-7550,
Boeing Distinguished Professor in Health Policy to be Announced at Event
        SPOKANE, Wash. -- Washington State University at Spokane will break ground Sept. 2 on the third building to be constructed at the Riverpoint Higher Education Park. The ceremonies begin at 11:45 a.m., following a research forum on health sciences, biotechnology and economic development being held that morning by WSU and the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce.
        The Health Sciences Building is expected to open for classes in fall 2001. The 144,000-square-foot building includes full-scale state-of-the-art research laboratories, classrooms, clinic space and faculty offices.
        The building will be constructed by Shea Construction of Spokane. Integrus Architecture, also of Spokane, is nearing completion on the design phase for the $39 million facility, which will house 12 academic, research and service programs in the health sciences, including four Eastern Washington University programs.
        WSU programs moving into the building are pharmacy, health policy and administration, food science and human nutrition, speech and hearing sciences, the Health Research and Education Center (HREC), the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Washington Institute for Mental Illness Research and Training (WIMIRT), and the Institutional Review Board-Spokane. The joint WSU-EWU programs in Communication Disorders (UPCD) Speech and Hearing Clinic also will be housed in the new building, as will EWU programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental hygiene and communication disorders.
        The groundbreaking ceremonies will include the announcement of the Boeing Distinguished Professor in Health Policy. The professorship will be part of WSU Spokane's graduate program in health policy and administration, part of the College of Pharmacy.
        Endowed in 1993 with a gift of $250,000 from the Boeing Co., the professorship received an additional $250,000 in matching funds from the state legislature last year. By providing increased funding for teaching and research in faculty positions, professorships enable WSU to recruit and retain outstanding teachers and scholars.
        "This day offers several positive signs of the development of Spokane as a center for health sciences and biotechnology," says WSU Spokane campus executive officer and dean William H. Gray.
        "The research forum brings together scientists and business leaders to talk with the community about the potential for Spokane to grow as a research community," he said. "The groundbreaking signals the expansion of our facilities and increases our capacity as a research university to contribute to that growth. And the Boeing professorship represents a partnership with industry that helps us offer the finest teaching for our students."


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