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Jul 20, 11

Governor, Legislature approve new Physics and Nanotechnology Building at the U

As part of the budget negotiations during the 2011 first special session, Gov. Mark Dayton and the State Legislature approved $51.3 million for an Experimental Physics and Nanotechnology Building at the University of Minnesota. The building was part of larger capital investment bill approved by the governor and legislators early Wednesday, July 20. Construction on the new building is expected to begin in fall 2011.

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May 20, 11

Contact legislators now to support new Physics & Nano Building

The 2011 Minnesota Legislative Session is rapidly heading toward its adjournment date (midnight Monday, May 23), but it's still possible there will be a bonding package included in a "final agreement" between the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton. Therefore, it is important for you to contact your Minnesota legislators NOW. Support from out-of-state alumni and friends is also important to show the wide reach of this research facility.

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May 11, 11

Fate of U's Physics and Nano Building still undecided

As the regular Minnesota Legislative Session nears completion, the fate of the University's proposed Experimental Physics and Nanotechnology Building is still undecided. Despite no decision on if there will even be a bonding bill, bipartisan groups of legislators introduced two bills earlier this session (Senate File 562 and House File 857) to provide general obligation bonding for the project.

The University of Minnesota is requesting $51.3 million for a new Experimental Physics and Nanotechnology Building. When constructed, this new state-of-the-art building will make a significant impact in advancing research and educating the next generation of high-tech workers in the state.

There's still time to contact your legislators to show your support for this important University initiative.

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May 11, 11

New architectural drawings released for Physics and Nanotechnology Building

The University of Minnesota recently released new exterior architectural drawings of the proposed Experimental Physics and Nanotechnology Building. These new drawings represent the design development phase, the third phase of the design process. Last year, the Minnesota Legislature approved $4 million in planning money for the building.

If the 2011 Minnesota Legislature approves full funding for the building, construction could begin as early as fall 2011.

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May 11, 11

Feature: Researchers use nanotechnology to trick T cells

For many, the word "nanotechnology" evokes ideas of computers and other electronic devices. However, at the University of Minnesota, the search for nano applications also extends into medicine.

Department of Chemistry associate professor Andrew Taton and a cross-disciplinary team have set a highly ambitious research goal: to create a cancer vaccine that uses nanoparticles coated with proteins that will essentially fool T cells, one of the body's main lines of immunoresponse to antigens, into thinking the particles are cancer cells.

"We want to create nanoparticles that will trigger an immune response to cancer cells," Taton said.

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May 11, 11

CSE Dean's Advisory Board supports new building

The following is an excerpt of a letter submitted by the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Advisory Board to Minnesota legislative leaders.

We recognize prioritization and alignment of finite financial resources is your priority during this legislative session. While it's presently unclear whether or not there will be an appetite for a capital investment funding bill, we are writing today to encourage your strongest support for the proposed experimental physics and nanotechnology advancement building at the University of Minnesota.

As members of the College of Science and Engineering Dean's Advisory Board, we see the building as an important tool in this state's ability to compete long-term in science and technology-focused job creation and growth, as the University of Minnesota's environment for interdisciplinary research will be dramatically enhanced when the building is complete.

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Mar 10, 11

Legislators introduce bill language in support of Physics/Nano Building

While it's still unclear whether there will be a bonding bill in the 2011 Minnesota Legislative Session, bipartisan groups of legislators from both the House and Senate are anxious to put bill language in play in support of a new University of Minnesota Physics and Nanotechnology Building. Two bills to provide general obligation bonding for the project were introduced earlier this month: Senate File 562 authored by Sen. Julie Rosen (R-Fairmont) and House File 857 authored by Rep. Tim Mahoney (DFL-St. Paul). Both legislators have a long history of supporting Minnesota's science and technology development opportunities.

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Mar 10, 11

Feature: Researchers use nano to lessen cancer treatment side effects

Ready, Aim, Fire
Dealing with complex diseases, like cancer, have left medical experts with limited means to treat patients. A significant problem with cancer treatment is that in addition to trying to control the disease, oncologists are always trying to find new ways to limit the side effects of the treatment. Efie Kokkoli, an associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science, along with graduate students Todd Pangburn and Ashish Garg are working for a solution to this problem designing peptides as medicinal "bullets." The scope of Kokkoli's research focuses primarily on two areas: targeting cancer and drug delivery.

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Mar 10, 11

Alumni perspective: Building is critical to Minnesota's success

By David Toyli (Physics '08)
California NanoSystems Institute, University of California Santa Barbara

As a former physics undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota who has gone on to graduate studies at the University of California Santa Barbara in the field of nanotechnology, I fully support the construction of a new Physics and Nanotechnology Building at the University of Minnesota. The construction of a new building would provide essential tools for the continued success of engineering, biomedical, and physical science researchers currently in Minnesota and would help to draw outstanding new faculty to train the next generation of Minnesota scientists and technologists. The extent to which the state of Minnesota remains competitive in these areas principally rests on the state's willingness to invest in its science and technology infrastructure at the University of Minnesota.


By David Christle (Physics '09, Math '09)
California NanoSystems Institute, University of California Santa Barbara

Because of my research experience as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota and now as a graduate student at the University of California Santa Barbara, I have been able to compare the cleanroom facilities at both universities. Our cleanroom facilities at UCSB have been a boon for research. I support a new Physics and Nanotechnology Building at the University of Minnesota because of the overall impact that up-to-date cleanroom facilities have on attracting business and university collaborators, spurring new start-up companies, and preparing students for future jobs.

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Jan 31, 11

Governor's capital investment plan includes U's Physics and Nano Building

Gov. Mark Dayton recently released his recommendations for $1 billion in state-backed construction projects, including $51.3 million for a new Experimental Physics and Nanotechnology Building at the University of Minnesota. The governor specifically outlined $531 million in projects and wants the Legislature to select $470 in additional projects to make up the bill.

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