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Kenan Charitable Trust Gives $200,000 for Scripps Florida Education Outreach Programs

Jupiter, FL, April 28, 2005—The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust is providing $200,000 to The Scripps Research Institute to support education outreach programs at Scripps Florida, the biomedical research institute's division in Palm Beach County, it was announced today by Dr. Richard M. Krasno, executive director of the Trust and president of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

"Although brand new, Scripps Florida brings more than 40 years of world-class research and reputation from its California campus to Florida, along with a world-class team of scientists who have come here from some of the best academic and commercial organizations anywhere," said Krasno.  "The people of the state and Palm Beach County have jump-started Scripps Florida with a large, long-term public commitment, both financial and political.  It is appropriate that a private institution like ours that is interested in the state and in improved education also make an early commitment of financial support and advice."

The Trust supports university, college, and school programs that foster sustained, substantive training in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

The $200,000, two-year grant will support a variety of outreach activities for science teachers and students in Palm Beach County, beginning this summer with an internship program at Scripps Florida's temporary facilities in Jupiter.

"This generous gift means that we can begin the summer science internship program in our labs on the Florida Atlantic University MacArthur campus this year," said Harry W. Orf, Ph.D., Scripps Florida's vice president for scientific operations who also oversees the middle and high school programs there.  "Last year we had local support from Bank of America to send two Palm Beach County science teachers to California, where they joined 30 San Diego teacher and student interns. Now we can grow a similar program in Florida even before our permanent campus is completed, along with a number of other projects we've had in mind for some time."

Those projects include a Science Saturday program and a mobile science center to take new technologies used in Scripps Florida labs to schools sites and elsewhere. An education committee organized by Orf is responsible for planning, oversight, and evaluation of the projects.

About the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

The Kenan Charitable Trust of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is named for William R. Kenan Jr., a chemical engineer who helped in the discovery of the process of converting calcium carbide to acetylene and the construction of carbide and acetylene plants at the turn of the 19th century. A North Carolina native, Mr. Kenan traveled throughout the region to attend to his wide-ranging business interests in railroads, real estate, and oil.  As brother-in-law to Henry M. Flagler, Mr. Kenan established a strong interest in Florida and spent the majority of his later years in the state. In 1904, Mr. Kenan built the first 210-kilowatt power plant in Miami, and in 1955 as a director of Florida Power & Light he turned on one of the largest power plants in the state, the 140,000-kilowatt power generator in Cutler.  Mr. Kenan also served for many years as president of the Florida East Coast Railway and the Florida East Coast Hotel Company.  Following Mr. Kenan's death in 1965, a major portion of his estate was used to establish the Trust.

About the Scripps Research Institute and Scripps Florida

The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, and Palm Beach County, Florida, is one of the world's largest, independent, non-profit biomedical research organizations.  It stands at the forefront of basic biomedical science that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. Scripps Research is internationally recognized for its research into immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases, and synthetic vaccine development.

The Scripps Research Institute employs approximately 3,000 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, scientific and other technicians, doctoral degree graduate students, and administrative and technical support personnel in 14 buildings overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, a part of the City of San Diego.

Scripps Florida will be a 364,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art biomedical research facility to be built on 100 acres of undeveloped land in Palm Beach County.  Scripps Florida will focus on basic biomedical science, drug discovery, and technology development, employing more than 500 researchers and support staff by 2010. Palm Beach County and the State of Florida have provided start-up economic incentives for development, building, staffing, and equipping the campus.
 
Scripps Florida is now operating with more than 100 researchers and technicians at a 40,000 square-foot facility on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter.


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