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Research Center Dedictated To Memory Of Former UNC Chancellor

Posted August 31, 2005 4:23 a.m. EDT

— The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's

School of Public Health

dedicated a new $38.6 million state-of-the-art research facility Wednesday in honor of its former chancellor.

The Michael Hooker Research Center was named in memory of UNC Chancellor Michael Hooker, who died in 1999 at the age of 53 after a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Hooker had been a catalyst for planning the building and getting it included in the North Carolina Higher Education Bond Referendum approved by voters in 2000.

UNC-CH's current chancellor, James Moeser, was among university officials speaking at the dedication ceremony for the new 125,000-square-foot facility that more than doubles the school's laboratory research space with 31 new laboratories, as well as conference rooms with advanced audio-visual capabilities, classrooms and offices.