This month, Governor Kay Ivey made HudsonAlpha the first stop on her Huntsville “Listen, Learn, Help and Lead Tour,” a series of visits to cities and towns in Alabama.
Governor Ivey met at HudsonAlpha with about 50 community and government leaders from the Huntsville area. She also toured HudsonAlpha’s campus with its executive team, including Vice President for Educational Outreach Neil Lamb, PhD, to learn more about the mission and achievements of HudsonAlpha as well as its impact on the State of Alabama.
Rick Myers, PhD, president and science director of HudsonAlpha, led the tour and provided an overview of its four missions. Dr. Lamb discussed his team’s educational programs that reach counties and school systems across the state, and he demonstrated some of the tools that have been developed specifically for in-state students.
“What you are doing is so important for our students,” Governor Ivey told Dr. Lamb.
The governor also spoke with HudsonAlpha’s experts in genomic medicine, who explained the ways in which HudsonAlpha is directly impacting clinical care through the Smith Family Clinic, the Clinical Services Lab and research programs such as CSER and AGHI. She also got a sneak peek at the progress of the new building under construction on campus, for which the State of Alabama provided significant funding.
According to a release from her office, the purpose of the governor’s tour is to “learn the needs of the community through site visits and a roundtable discussion with local government and business leaders.”