We took delivery yesterday on a new high-speed centrifuge. Our old one, purchased in 1996, put on quite a fireworks display a month or so ago and had to be put out to pasture. The new one allows us to diversify our work a bit – swinging bucket rotor for 1 ml tubes, capacity for 250 ml bottles, etc.
The centrifuge is just one of several purchases to be made this summer – a Nanodrop spectrophotometer, another tissue culture hood, gel documentation system. They follow a monumental year at McMurry in which we received a Li-COR GEMF Grant for a DNA sequencer, and purchased a variety of new equipment to outfit the molecular biology, genetics, and microbiology effort of the BIMS program. As mentioned in an earlier post, we want our graduates to have experience with the equipment they will encounter in research, in medicine, in the workplace. Hands-on experience teaches much better than theory on a chalkboard.
Our desire to impact “every student, every day” means these instruments will be used in a variety of classes by every student – not just a privileged few who go the extra mile in one-on-one research with faculty. McMurry believes in the direction the BIMS program is headed and is willing to invest, even when times are tough.