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Johnson C. Smith University Ramps Up Sciences with Grant from National Science Foundation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – October 3, 2013 – The National Science Foundation has awarded a $399,536 grant to Johnson C. Smith University to transform the research component of its science and math programs. The grant will fund an initiative titled "Targeted Infusion Project: Developing a Shared Instrument Resource Laboratory at JCSU." It will enable the university to acquire state-of-the-art equipment such as a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, ultra performance liquid chromatograph, a fourier transfer infrared spectrometer and ultraviolet-visible spectrometer.

“This grant will radically transform the research infrastructure of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of STEM,” said Dr. Magdy Attia, dean of the College of STEM. The laboratory will also offer a novel Instrumental Mastery Level certification and electronic portfolio approach to integrating analytical chemical instrumentation into the curriculum.

The grant coincides with the university’s plans to build a 62,000-square-foot Science Center that will offer innovative programs in the College of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Slated for completion in 2014, the new center will house programs that will prepare students for emerging fields in renewable energy, medical informatics, bioinformatics, homeland security-STEM, analytics and bioinformatics, in addition to electronics, cyber security and robotics programs offered at the STEM complex on campus.

About JCSU

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 22 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit www.jcsu.edu or follow the university on social media sites Facebook Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.

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