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    NEW SCIENCE DEDICATION SET FOR DEC. 7

    Three updated spaces in New Science Hall will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Dec. 7.

    The ribbon-cutting ceremony formally recognizes the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility, the Nanoscience Lab, and the student computing facility and study lounge in Room 236.

    University President Angelo Armenti, Jr. will participate in the ceremony, which also will include brief remarks by Provost Geraldine Jones and three faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Physics.

    The campus community is invited to attend.

    The event opens with brief remarks in New Science Room 127, followed by the ribbon-cutting at the entrance to the labs and a reception in the computer room on the second floor.

    About the facilities

    NMR Facility

    With nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) instruments, students in the chemistry program use high-field magnetism to probe the local environment surrounding individual hydrogen and carbon nuclei in organic molecules.

    The data obtained from these instruments provides insight into mapping the structure and understanding spatial relationships found inside the molecule.

    The renovated facility houses two NMR spectrophotometers — a 200 megahertz and a 400 MHz model — and related equipment. The instruments have a wide range of research and industrial applications in fields such as pharmaceuticals, food safety and criminal forensics.

    These instruments were purchased and maintained through internal accreditation funding grants.

    Nanoscience Lab

    The newly created Nanoscience Lab houses high-tech equipment, including an $80,000 atomic force microscope, in a clean, climate-controlled environment.

    Obtained over a four-year period, the equipment supports an innovative curriculum that adds a nanoscience concentration to various degrees at Cal U.

    Recognizing the increasing importance of science conducted on a molecular, nanometer-size scale, faculty from Cal U outlined a series of upper-division instructional modules and fields of research in nanoscience that are appropriate to universities such as ours.

    Undergraduate students in the nanoscience concentration replace 24 credits of electives with an 18-credit capstone semester and six credits of upper-level nanofabrication-related electives or internship. The capstone semester is spent at the nanofabrication facility at Penn State University's Innovation Park.

    Student Computing Facility/Study Lounge

    This computer room addresses the need for a larger computing facility to accommodate increasing enrollments in the physics and chemistry programs and the loss of a former computing space that had been available to students in those majors.

    The renovated space houses a 20-seat computer lab with two large study tables and a huge whiteboard to facilitate study.

    Two sofas and two lounge chairs offer a comfortable place to take a break.

    The 20 computers, network printer, and associated hardware were purchased with funding from student technology fees. Additional funding for room renovations and furnishings was provided by the Eberly College of Science and Technology.

    Other Dec. 7 events

    • 6 p.m. — Undergraduate poster session and dinner,* first floor, Eberly Hall
    • 7 p.m. — Speaker, Dr. Josef B. Simeonsson of Youngstown State University
                     Characterization of laser-induced breakdown plasmas used for measurement of arsenic,

                     antimony and selenium hydrides,
      Room 130, Eberly Hall

    * For dinner reservations, please call DeAnne Pavelko at 724-938-4147 or e-mail pavelko@calu.edu no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5.

    About the faculty speakers

    Photo of students in NMR Lab.

    Dr. Matthew J. Price joined the faculty at California University in 2005.  An associate professor, he teaches organic chemistry and biochemistry courses and enjoys supervising student research projects. Dr. Price also is a co-adviser to the Cal U Chemistry Club. 

    Dr. William Dieterle joined the Department of Chemistry and Physics as a physicist in 2000. He holds a Ph.D. in particle physics from the University of California, Berkeley and has spent more than 35 years in the academic, industrial and government scientific communities, including 13 years in industrial applications.  Dr. Dieterle has authored and co-authored more than 70 publications. At Cal U he has performed research in new methods for teaching upper-level mathematics concepts in physics, nanoscience applications at the undergraduate level, and microfluidics.

    Portrait of Dr. Gregg Gould.

    Dr. Gregg Gould joined the Cal U faculty in 1991 — the first hire in the Chemistry and Physics Department since 1968 and by far its youngest member. He served as department chair from 2003-2008 and now is the department’s most senior member. Dr. Gould has contributed to a rebirth of Cal U’s chemistry program, which has culminated in implementation of a modern, challenging and innovative curriculum. A significant aspect of this achievement has been the addition of four talented, dynamic, hardworking and creative faculty colleagues in chemistry, and he has found the energy of these younger colleagues to be a very positive motivator.