News for state's fledgling med schools
The University of Central Florida's Burnett College of Biomedical Sciences, formed three years ago when a Winter Park couple donated $10-million, will become part of the fledgling College of Medicine later this summer.
Last year, the Florida Board of Governors approved UCF's request for a medical school, and administrators say it makes sense to put the biomedical sciences program under the new med school at Lake Nona in Orlando.
The biomedical sciences program will now be called the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, named for donors Al and Nancy Burnett.
Pappachan Kolattukudy, now dean of the Burnett College of Biomedical Sciences, will become director of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. Construction of the Burnett Biomedical Sciences Building began at Lake Nona in May, and the 198,000 square-foot building is supposed to be done by spring 2009. That building will house the Burnett College's graduate program; undergrads will take classes on the main UCF campus in suburban Orlando.
Meanwhile, the student paper at FIU and the Miami Herald recently reported that officials at the Miami university late last month accepted an anonymous donation of up to $5-million for FIU's new med school, also approved last year by the Board of Governors.