January 24, 2005

Clark University names new biosciences center

View photographs of the new Cathy ’83 and Marc ’81 Lasry Center for Bioscience

WORCESTER, MA-Clark University President John Bassett announces the opening of the Cathy ’83 and Marc ’81 Lasry Center for Bioscience.

“Cathy’s and Marc’s generosity to the University-their alma mater-is well known at Clark and beyond. This new center bearing their name is a central part of Clark's commitment to excellence in teaching and learning in the new century,” President John Bassett said. “They are helping Clark to maintain a tradition of excellence in faculty and student research that began when our doors first opened.”

Spring semester classes are already under way in the 50,000 square-foot facility, which was designed by Tsoi/Kobus and Associates, of Cambridge, MA. The building includes state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories.

A dedication is planned for Thursday, April 28.

Marc and Cathy Lasry have donated $5 million toward costs of the new center. The University’s overall goals for its science programs include construction of the new center as well as renovation of the 32,000 square-foot biophysics building, which will house physics, mathematics and computer science. Total project costs are estimated at $22 million. The Sackler Sciences Center will house chemistry.

The Cathy ’83 and Marc ’81 Lasry Center for Bioscience comprises two classrooms, seven teaching labs and 12 research labs, 14 faculty offices, two conference rooms and three lounge spaces. Included are a sequencing facility, dark room, and many lab-support spaces.

Marc Lasry is the founder and managing partner of Avenue Capital Group, an investment firm that manages in excess of $6.5 billion. Before founding Avenue Capital Group, Lasry was a co-director of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization at Cowen & Company, and served as director of private debt at Smith Vasiliou Management Company. He also specialized in bankruptcy law at the New York law firm of Angel & Frankel. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Clark University and served on the Board of Trustees for six years. He holds a J.D. from New York Law School, where he is a trustee.

Cathy Cohen Lasry graduated from Clark in 1983 with a degree in English and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. She later worked at Holiday House Publishing. She is an ardent political activist. She is involved with the Friends of Eleanor Roosevelt, and also serves on board of the Trevor Day School in New York.

“We are very pleased to see Clark make this commitment to a new science facility and happy to be able to support this important project,” Marc Lasry said.

“Clark is an institution that does wonderful work across the academic spectrum and this facility will be the home of faculty and students who will continue in that tradition,” added Cathy Cohen Lasry.

For updates, photos and further information about the sciences at Clark, visit the University Web site www.clarku.edu/sciences/index.shtml.


Clark University is a private, co-educational liberal-arts research university with 2,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students. Since its founding in 1887 as the first all-graduate school in the United States, Clark has challenged convention with innovative programs such as the International Studies Stream, the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the five-year BA/MA programs with the fifth year tuition free for eligible students.


Jane Salerno
Assistant Director, Media Relations
Clark University
(508) 793-7554
jsalerno@clarku.edu