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Mission Statement 

Many of the important scientific discoveries in the past decade have occurred as a result of growth in the biomolecular sciences.  In response to these changes, the Institute for Biomolecular Sciences was created to foster regional education, communication and research collaborations in the biomolecular sciences. 

Goals

  1. Enhance educational opportunities in the biomolecular sciences.

  2. Expand opportunities for biomolecular sciences communication and research.

  3. Facilitate recruitment and retention of talented undergraduate and graduate students to the biomolecular sciences.

  4. Attract talented biomolecular scientists to the region.

  5. Increase extramural funding for the biomolecular sciences.

  6. Increase the visibility of biomolecular sciences.

Background

 In the past decade, UW-L has attained an increasingly higher profile as a university for the study of science.  That reputation has been enhanced through hiring many faculty members with diverse backgrounds in molecular bioscience—a rapidly expanding and highly technical discipline in the biological life sciences.  In short, UW-L has attained a critical mass of faculty devoted to the study of life at a molecular level, which is reflected in substantial changes to both the curriculum and research focuses within the College of Science and Allied Health, specifically in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Microbiology.  

In Fiscal Year 2002, the budget of the State of Wisconsin included an Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) that provided capital to bolster the economic climate of the State by investing in the education and training individuals in high technology areas.  UW-L received ESP resources and allocated a substantial amount of those resources to the College of Science and Allied Health (CSAH).  The CSAH allocated part of those resources to the Departments of Biology and Chemistry to increase the number of students in the Cellular & Molecular Concentration (Biology Major, undergraduate and graduate) and in the new Biochemistry Major (Chemistry Department, undergraduate).  In Fiscal Year 2004, the CSAH reallocated some of its ESP resources to the Department of Microbiology to increase the number of students in its Biomedical Concentration (undergraduate).

Rationale

 

In recognition of the importance of teaching, research, and outreach activities of faculty with expertise in molecular bioscience at UW-L, we have established an Institute for Biomolecular Studies in the CSAH.  The formation of the Institute for Biomolecular Studies will serve as a formal mechanism to bring together as a cohesive group all interested faculty with expertise in this discipline.  The Institute will increase collaboration within the campus and will increase and strengthen partnerships with industry, government, and other academic institutions in the region and nation.  Expected benefits of the Institute include the following: 

·         Heightened visibility of this group both on campus and externally

·         Greater diversity of expertise for teaching, research, and outreach

·         Greater ability to compete for extramural resources at the state and national levels

·         Greater ability to recruit talented undergraduate and graduate students to the university

·         More efficient use of resources

 

These benefits will enhance the value of the educational experience of the affected students, help to support the regional economy, and increase the stature of UW-L as an excellent university.

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