FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former state attorney general Grace Berg Schaible is donating $1.1 million for the University of Alaska Museum expansion on the Fairbanks campus.
The money will go toward boosting the museum's research capabilities, Schaible said.
Few people are aware that the scope of the museum's mission extends beyond exhibits and education, Schaible said.
''Besides making the fine art collections more accessible and visible, a special interest of mine, this expansion will significantly enrich the museum's research capacity,'' she said in a prepared statement Tuesday.
''The natural history collections are invaluable to understanding global climate change, public health issues and the northern environment.''
Schaible is a former member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents and current president of the University of Alaska Foundation. She has been a long-standing contributor to the university system.
The $31 million expansion project is expected to be finished by 2004.
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