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January 25, 2010


Sac State receives funding for science equipment

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Sacramento State’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will receive new science equipment as it continues to build a regional resource center for education in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

The College will receive $350,000 in federal funding to purchase equipment for a new advanced cell analysis laboratory for the College’s Center for Interdisciplinary Molecular Biology Education, Research and Advancement. The center helps advance research and education in the areas of cell and molecular biology and biochemistry. Earlier this year, the College, in collaboration with UC Davis, began a new master's degree in applied biosciences focused on producing the next generation of stem cell scientists.

“This is good news for us, and it will help us upgrade our lab so our graduate and undergraduate students can receive advanced training on state-of–the-art equipment,” says Jill Trainer, dean of the College. “It will also increase research opportunities for our faculty and for students.”

The funding is part of the House Consolidated Appropriations Act and provides $40,055,000 from the federal government through Fiscal Year 2010 for projects in the Sacramento area. The bill was supported by Congresswoman Doris Matsui, who has worked with the House Appropriations Committee and President Obama’s administration throughout the past year to advocate for the federal funding of Sacramento’s priorities.

"Congresswoman Matsui’s efforts to help us secure funding for science equipment will help us provide a cutting-edge education to our students and give them the tools they need to succeed in the global workplace,” says University President Alexander Gonzalez.

For more information on the equipment funding, contact Trainer at 278-4655.


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