October 01, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy will be officially dedicating the new iNSPIRE Laboratory on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Chemistry Building on the McNichols Campus. The lab’s name is an acronym for Innovative Space for Research and Exploration.

Funded by donors and the $21-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ReBUILDetroit program designed to increase diversity in biomedical research, the 2,000-square foot facility is the School’s second engineering and science lab to open this month.

“The iNSPIRE lab will serve as will be the home for collaboration, strengthen bonds and relationships for ReBUILDetroit scholars and their faculty mentors,” said Engineering & Science Dean Gary Kuleck.  "This is an exciting time for us, having two major resources opening on our campus,” he added.

"I can’t understate the value of the research experience for students," said Kuleck.  "It’s a conversion of your technical degree into inspirational, creativity and entrepreneurship.  The world desperately needs leadership in science, engineering and mathematics."

The dedication of the iNSPIRE Laboratory is open to the public.  Joining the College will be keynote speaker: Dr. Victor Carmona, Loyola Marymount University who will speak on "Voiding Warranties: Re-envisioning Technology to Integrate Research Mentorship, Social Justice and Global Engagement."

Dr. Carmona combines research involving undergraduates with a keen sense of social justice in a global setting. He is a distinguished Fulbright Professor of Biology at Loyola Marymount University, a Fellow in the Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination, and Research Associate with the Center of Global Health Research at Universidad de El Salvador (UES).

Inspire Lab