The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a $35 million grant to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, to support a new science facility and various student-life initiatives.
With the grant from the foundation, Duke plans to expand its teaching and research capabilities in the sciences by bringing together different disciplines to address major scientific challenges. The new multi-disciplinary facility, which will be named the French Sciences Center in honor of Melinda French Gates' family, is expected to house faculty from the departments of biology, chemistry, physics, and biological anthropology and anatomy.
"The gift will enable us to create a much-needed science teaching and research facility that will unite disciplines and improve teaching and research in the biological sciences and related disciplines, giving more undergraduates opportunities to experience the excitement of science and research, said Duke president Nannerl O. Keohane. "It also will speed our efforts to continue enhancing the ways in which Duke students live, study, work and socialize."