Wegman foundation gives $17M to U. of Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The charitable foundation created by western New York supermarket founder Robert Wegman is giving $17 million to the University of Rochester.

The university says Tuesday that it will receive $10 million for the Institute for Data Science and $7 million toward construction of the new Golisano Children's Hospital.

The gifts from the Rochester-based supermarket chain bring to $20 million the amount of recent contributions by the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation.

The University of Rochester has made the emerging field of data science the focus of its five-year strategic plan and plans to construct a $25 million, 50,000-square-foot facility. Data science involves making sense and use of vast quantities of information and data.

The new $145 million hospital already is under construction and is expected to open next year.

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