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On Aug. 25, 2006, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd stood in the lobby of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University for its dedication ceremony. As with any event where Byrd spoke, the local power structure was there to hear him speak. If you were anybody, you wanted to be on the stage when Byrd spoke.

Byrd had secured federal funding of $35.6 million, or about 90% of the original $40 million price tag. The dedication ceremony came seven years after then-Marshall President J. Wade Gilley asked Byrd for help in securing funding for the building. Byrd came through.

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