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DDN: WSU, AFRL announce strengthened access for Air Force researchers

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Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

In what’s being called an agreement unique to the Dayton region, Air Force and civilian leaders are hailing a pact that gives Air Force researchers access to a Wright State University lab and office space in the Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building on campus.

“It is a first step, building on some previous grassroots activity, that will continue to expand in the future,” Timothy Bunning, chief technology officer of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), said in a release from Wright State Tuesday.

The Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building houses what the university says is the region’s only advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner dedicated solely to research.

Madhavi Kadakia, vice provost for research and innovation at Wright State, said the agreement was the “first of its kind for our region.”

Seth Bauguess, a Wright State spokesman, said the agreement “is certainly groundbreaking” for the university. He also said the agreement is unique to the region in that no other local university has had an agreement like this one.

He noted that Department of Defense grant funds helped pay for crucial research equipment at Wright State, in this case, the MRI scanner. The Air Force is not paying for the access beyond that DOD contribution to the scanner, Bauguess added.