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September 7th, 2009
Governor Jay Nixon will be attending the dedication ceremony at Northwest for its new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. The event will take place at the center, located on the north edge of campus west of North College Drive and south of West 16th Street. University officials along with other dignitaries representing government, center tenants and area economic development initiatives are expected to attend.
The 46,679-square-foot center has two synergistic components: a mixed-use technology business incubator and an academic facility. The incubator is designed to house several start-up companies, and the academic facility has been programmed to house Northwest's new nanotechnology baccalaureate degree program, which began courses this fall.
"Northwest has the only non-engineering-based nanoscience degree program in the state and in the region," said Dr. Charles McAdams, dean of Northwest's College of Arts and Sciences. "The academic portion of the center means that students can come to Northwest, major in nanoscale science, have hands-on experience with companies in the CIE and be prepared for either graduate school or careers in commercial laboratories."
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