Additions Math, Criminology Programs Get OK for Umsl Doctoral Lineup

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Two new doctoral programs and a new molecular electronics center, years in the planning, have taken giant steps closer to reality for the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

Meeting Friday at UMSL, the university's Board of Curators approved the new programs - one in applied mathematics and one in criminology and criminal justice - and awarded a contract for the center's building.

The $6.5 million award went to Henty Construction Co. of St. Louis, lowest of six bidders. A $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will pay for the building and its equipment.

The university hatched the idea for a molecular electronics center in the mid-1980s and found an advocate for it in Rep. William Clay, D-St. Louis. With his backing, UMSL won its grant in 1991.

The last hurdle was an environmental impact study, which took most of the intervening three years.

The three-story, 28,000-square-foot center, designed by Mackey Mitchell Associates, will be connected to Benton Hall.

It will promote research in materials science and house laboratories and offices for physicists, chemists and engineers.

The university will make the building available to local researchers and invite local companies to support it financially with memberships.

Two companies - Monsanto Co. and MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. - have already joined.

The center already has one program under way, a cooperative venture with Washington University and McDonnell Douglas Corp. …