July 9, 2014
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WTAMU Receives NSF Grant
CANYON, Texas—The National Science Foundation has awarded West Texas A&M University a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant totaling $371,700 for the purchase of a state-of-the-art, 400 MHz solid-state NMR spectrometer as a unique educational and research tool for the Texas Panhandle.
Using technology similar to that used in medical MRIs, the NMR system will allow WTAMU and Amarillo College to enhance research programs and teaching in physics, agriculture, chemistry, biology, environmental science and engineering. Although many research universities have facilities like this, it is unusual for undergraduate and community college students to have the opportunity to use them.
The NMR spectrometer will allow WTAMU to continue research into new sources of water and water availability, use local materials to produce biofuel and biochemicals and the analysis of meat products and environmental metabolomics.
“This is a potential game changer,” Dr. Don Topliff, dean of the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering at WTAMU, said. “It gives us the capability to do research that previously was beyond our ability. This equipment can be transformative for both WT and AC.”
The grant will be administered under the direction of WTAMU faculty members Dr. Catherine Clewett, assistant professor of physics, Dr. Nick Flynn, head of the Department of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics, Dr. Gary Barbee, assistant professor of environmental science, and Dr. Erick Butler, assistant professor of environmental engineering, and Mark Shadix, instructor of physical sciences at Amarillo College.
“What makes this grant so impressive is the fact that it involved the work of faculty in three different departments at WTAMU as well as Amarillo College,” Flynn said.
The award runs Aug. 1, 2014 through July 31, 2017.