September 16, 2004 -- Posted 4:42 p.m. CDT
Jonesboro, AR -- There is a new addition to the campus of Arkansas State University.
Running under tight security, the ASU Biosciences Institute promises to be an agricultural and medical research facility dedicated to improving the health of Arkansans.
"We have so many opportunities to do amazing research," said ASU biology major Michelle Pate.
Arkansas is one of 46 states that received millions of dollars from a 1998 tobacco settlement. That money was used to construct this Biosciences Institute at the University. Ironically, tobacco will now be studied there to try to find positive medical breakthroughs.
"We are studying how nicotine is consumed in non-human populations and how that mimics human consumption," said Dr. Carole Cramer with the Biosciences Institute. "Within the facility we will have the ability to both make products and then test their bio-activity."
Although research is the central focus of this institute, other areas will be integrated, such as community and industry outreach; all in an effort to engineer a positive future for Northeast Arkansas and a healthier world to live in.