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Shepherd professors receive research grants

December 17, 2012

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Two Shepherd University professors were awarded WV Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, grants totaling nearly $40,000 for equipment to use in their classes and for research.

Jordan Mader, assistant professor of chemistry, will receive $20,000 for a thermal gravimetric analyzer used for stability determinations. She said the analyzer measures weight loss in relation to temperature of the material being tested.

Ralph Wojtowicz, associate professor of mathematics, will receive $19,069 for a Hadoop cluster for teaching and researching phenomena associated with the analysis of massive data sets.

He said today’s research involves too much data for a desktop computer. The new equipment consists of two large computers with a lot of disk space and several workstations.

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Shepherd was the only institution to receive two grants.

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