Spring 2010 Issue

Modern Science

The Department of Physical Sciences received a $761,200 congressionally directed grant to support its Institute for Collaborative Science Research. The funding supports the Physical Science Improvement Project, which will renovate existing space and create a new biochemistry lab and new faculty research lab.

As a result of the grant, Barry is purchasing additional instrumentation for students to use in the biochemistry lab program, thus giving students increased access to modern biochemistry techniques and procedures. “We have been looking to upgrade our biochemistry lab and our available research space for several years. I also think that the stimulus package that Obama has instituted has made more funds available in support of university programs,” said Dr. Tony Wallner, chair and professor of chemistry.

With the additional research lab space, more students will be able to get involved in undergraduate research, Wallner says, adding that these types of learning experiences make students more competitive when applying to graduate and professional programs.

Barry has already hired an architect and is developing a timeline. The plan is to have the construction completed by the beginning of fall 2010 semester.