Thursday, April 28, 2011

Open house at Wayne County bio lab

Jason McMillan demonstrates
equipment for DNA analysis

The Finger Lakes Community College Wayne County Campus Center at 1100 Technology Parkway will host an open house Saturday, May 7, so the public can tour the state-of-the-art biology laboratory that opened there this semester.
The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and includes a ribbon-cutting, science demonstrations, a plant sale, chair massages, facility tours and a lecture by Jana Lamboy, associate professor of ornamental horticulture, on making gardens deer resistant.
The ribbon-cutting will be held at 10 a.m. The gardening lecture begins at 11:30 a.m.

For a video on the lab, click here.
The FLCC Wayne County Campus Center biology lab will be used for contemporary biology, general biology and anatomy and physiology. It is the result of a partnership between Finger Lakes Community College, the FLCC Foundation and the Wayne County Industrial Development Agency. 

The college received a $238,000 congressionally-directed grant, which was matched by a $140,000 state grant, to buy and install lab equipment. The Wayne County IDA provided funding for the engineering study to convert 1,600 square feet of unfinished space into a lab and storage area. The FLCC Foundation, which raises money from the private sector to support college programs, funded the construction.
The new facility allows Wayne County students to complete biology labs at the campus center instead of traveling to the main campus. The number of students enrolled in biology courses with labs has doubled in the last 10 years. Students need lab courses to complete degree programs in nursing, conservation, horticulture and most science transfer programs.
Among the new lab’s features:
  • Lab stations for 24 students
  • Equipment for DNA analysis complete with camera attachment
  • 24 regular microscopes and 12 dissecting scopes (which have a lower magnification)
  • EKG machines identical to the type used in medical offices to gage heart function
  • Highly-accurate pH meters that also measure temperature
  • Hand-held spirometers to measure lung volume
  • A deionizer that makes distilled water using high-capacity filters, a greener alternative to heating and condensing water.
  • New incubators, slide trays, laptop computers and other standard lab equipment
For more information, contact FLCC Community Affairs at (585) 785-1623.

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