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Chemistry Department Receives Hi-Tech Equipment

The Chemistry Department of Frostburg State University is upgrading learning tools to better prepare students for the complex technology found in jobs dedicated to science. This semester, students will be introduced to the Diode Array Spectrophotometer.

Both graduates and undergraduates will benefit from using this piece of modern equipment. The spectrophotometer is used to measure the absorption of light in a sample and in identifying the quantity of molecule. The easy-to-use instrument will be implemented in introductory courses such as General Chemistry 101 and 102.

The arrival of the spectrophotometer this semester is credited to the efforts of FSU professor Dr. Jerald Simon, who requested funding for the spectrophotometer in the spring, 2001 semester by proposing a grant to the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh. The organization's main function is to upgrade equipment and instruments of spectroscopy in order to keep smaller schools' curriculum concurrent with modern technology. Frostburg's enrollment and location made it a perfect candidate for this type of grant that is only awarded to schools with less than 7,500 students and are located within a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh.

The FSU Chemistry Department was awarded the maximum amount of $5,000 toward the spectrophotometer. The University then supplemented the additional $7,000 needed for the purchase.

According to Simon, the equipment will also be available to students, both graduate and undergraduate, working on special projects at difference levels of study.

"We're ahead in introducing it to undergraduates, but it's standard modern instrumentation," says Simon.

For more information on the FSU Chemistry Department, call (301) 687-4298.

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