Kansas' biodiversity institute gets $3 million

LAWRENCE | The University of Kansas will use nearly $3 million to renovate and improve its Biodiversity Institute.

The university announced Monday that it will receive $1.5 million in federal stimulus money from the National Science Foundation. The university plans to spend another $1.3 million of stimulus money allocated by the state for deferred maintenance needs.

Leonard Krishtalka, director of the institute, says the money is badly needed at Dyche Hall, which was built in 1903 and houses the institute.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the renovation will include a new heating and cooling system, plumbing and information technology system. And the university will get a new cryogenic facility to preserve tissues needed for research.