A $755,000 federal grant awarded to Sacramento State by the National Science Foundation will be used to renovate and modernize the University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Molecular Biology Education, Research and Advancement (CIMERA).
The grant is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. When combined with an earlier $350,000 grant secured by Congresswoman Doris Matsui, the funding will advance work being done in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
The Center, located in Sequoia Hall, is a 2,500 square-foot facility created by the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry to promote student and faculty research and education in the molecular biosciences. The Center also encompasses a program that provides supplies for 10 student-research projects.
“By updating this facility, local students and researchers will be better equipped to perform the research that will lead to the breakthroughs of tomorrow, and our entire community will benefit as a result,” Matsui says.
“This is the type of collaborative research space we need to further new discoveries and help students develop advanced skills,” says College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Dean Jill Trainer.
The facility was previously used as an animal-care facility. The grant will be used to update interior structures, lighting, flooring, electrical service and plumbing. Several pieces of large equipment left over from its previous use will be removed, creating an additional 400 cubic feet of space.
“These improvements will enhance the research programs of participating faculty and the training of our students,” says Chemistry Professor Thomas Savage, who spearheaded the grant effort with Biology Professor Thomas Peavy and Robin Lovering in Facilities Services.
When completed, the modernization will provide research experiences for about 20 additional students, Savage says.
The $350,000 federal funding package received in July is being used to purchase new equipment and upgrade and refurbish four microscopes, says Biology Professor Tom Landerholm.
Some of the equipment is already being installed. Renovation of the facility is expected to begin Oct. 1 with a targeted completion date of Aug. 31, 2011.
For more information, call the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at (916) 278-4655. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.