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Wilson gets $95,000 for lab equipment

March 24, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wilson College recently was awarded $95,000 in federal funding to buy equipment for the molecular biology/biochemistry suite in the college's new science education building, according to a news release.

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., included the project in the 2009 Omnibus Bill, which was passed by Congress earlier this month and contains federal earmarks separate from the stimulus package.

Wilson officials submitted a grant application to Specter seeking the funding in February 2008, the news release stated.

"Wilson is very grateful to Sen. Specter for advocating for the pivotal role that molecular biology and biochemistry play in addressing pressing issues in science, health care and technology," Wilson President Lorna Duphiney Edmundson said in the release.

According to Wilson's grant application, the appropriation will enhance classroom and hands-on research experiences for faculty and students; facilitate comprehensive training, education and career preparation for underrepresented populations in the sciences; and assist in providing funding for a project that is environmentally responsible and cost-effective.

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Wilson College's $25 million Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology recently opened for classes. It is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building in Franklin County.

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