USF looks to reap benefits of new center

USF researchers hope a new institute in West Palm Beach will expand the school’s research opportunities throughout the state.

On Oct. 9, Scripps Research Institute announced its plans for the new research center.

Ian Phillips, vice president of research at USF, said he thinks Scripps’ decision to open the new center will provide a useful tool in the growth of USF research and attract students to the university.

“Research today requires a lot of different techniques, and different places to conduct research means (more) ways to do it,” Phillips said. “This broadened research field will hopefully encourage an even better undergraduate program (at USF) with new places to go. Students and everyone else in the university stand to benefit from new ways to learn.”

Phillips said the location was convenient to collaborate with the center, and that it will offer new opportunities to the rest of Florida’s universities as well.

“Scripps is such a high-level research institution, with such prestige, that both the state of Florida and (USF) are lucky to be associated with them,” he said.

According to an article in the Miami Herald, Scripps operates on a $280 million annual budget. Located in San Diego, the medical research facility employs three winners of the Nobel Prize for chemistry. In recent years the institute’s focus has turned toward its award-winning work in biomedical studies, the study of cells and their functions.