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Print/E-paper exclusive: MIIR progressing in research, growth

Feb. 21, 2011 @ 07:17 AM

HUNTINGTON — As the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research adds its third scientist, director Eric Kmiec said the venture is progressing the way a research institute should.

“Progress has been very good, but methodical by my design,” said Kmiec, who came from the University of Delaware in early 2009 to lead the new research arm of Marshall University.

In a recent interview, Kmiec said he wants the public to know that there is plenty going on in the labs on the upper floors of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Center along 3rd Avenue. He said people can easily forget what organizations such as MIIR are doing because results don’t often come fast.

But because tax dollars were used in 2008 legislation to lay the foundation for the state match program, Kmiec makes time for investors and residents alike.

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