U.S. Congressman Chris Lee Announces Appropriation for Science Equipment

Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl (left) chats with U.S. Congressman Chris Lee in the college's spectrometry laboratory. Lee was on campus to announce funding for a new state-of-the-art spectrometer for the chemistry department.

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GENESEO, N.Y. -- U.S. Congressman Chris Lee, whose 26th district in New York includes Livingston County, has announced a $500,000 federal appropriation for 2010 to replace the college's aging and undersized nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer in the department of chemistry. He made the announcement during a visit to campus Dec. 4.

"The work Geneseo faculty and students are doing with science and technology clearly has practical application in the private sector and I am pleased to have secured funding for this project," said Lee. "I was particularly pleased to see the amount of public/private collaboration that is happening here. This sharing of technology is the smart thing to do and will help private business prosper in this region."

Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl thanked Lee for his efforts to support the college and said it would be particularly helpful in boosting Geneseo's growing undergraduate research programs. A spectrometer employs a powerful magnet to analyze organic compounds, vital to the study of chemistry and biochemistry. Funding for the new spectrometer will come from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

"Our current spectrometer was obtained in 1996 through a National Science Foundation grant and we are delighted to learn of the funding for the updated equipment," said David Geiger, chemistry professor and chair of the department. "The new one will be state-of-the-art with a more powerful magnet to give us more flexibility."

Lee also visited the college's Pelletron particle accelerator, obtained in 2007 for undergraduate research in physics. He met with James McLean, associate professor of physics and lead researcher on Geneseo's NYSTAR grant to optimize the performance of granular ceramic armor against the threat of armor-piercing projectiles. McLean and Homma Farian, a faculty member in the computer science department, showed Lee the distributed computer lab, a cluster of 36 computers programmed to work together to enhance significantly their power for problem-solving and computations. The lab has been vital to McLean's research.

Lee also conferred with Dick Barth, director of Geneseo's Small Business Development Center in the School of Business, to learn about programs the center offers to support area business owners.

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