Grand View Receives $200,000 Grant to Support Scientific Equipment

February 16, 2017

Grand View University is proud to announce a $200,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, located in Muscatine, Iowa. Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has provided a great deal of generous support for GV in the past, but this is the first grant to specifically support scientific equipment on campus.

Four pieces of equipment will be purchased:

• Isothermal Titration Calorimeter (ITC): The ITC is useful for measuring the amount of energy involved in chemical reactions in the form of enthalpy, entropy, and free energy, which are the three driving forces responsible for all chemical reactions. This may be found in a simple chemical reaction between an acid and base, or in complex reactions such as the binding of a small molecule to an enzyme.

• Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction Instrument: RT-PCR is a modern, robust DNA detection and quantification technique commonly used in academia, medicine, and biotechnology. This technology will allow students in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and microbiology to better grasp the idea that changes in gene expression resulting from external stimuli is a conserved, critical mechanism by which all cells (and organisms) adapt to their environments, by having the capacity to demonstrate and study different gene expression via the RT-PCR.

• Plate Reader Instrument: A plate reader is a multi-functional instrument that increases the productivity of life science labs by allowing simultaneous data collection in hundreds of samples.

• Portable Photosynthesis System Package: The Portable Photosynthesis System is a sophisticated, yet user-friendly, infrared gas analyzer that allows for accurate measurements of photosynthesis and respiration in plant leaf tissue.

Having this new equipment will support student research experiences, advance scientific exploration and knowledge, foster scientific inquiry, and prepare graduates who will enter the STEM workforce.

The equipment, paired with purposeful course revisions, will help support students as they explore opportunities to begin their careers in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, cellular biology, and biochemistry. Students will be provided with firsthand research experiences while using equipment that they will encounter in industry and research facilities.