University of Tennessee-Knoxville Part of MeasureNet Bluegrass Triumvirate
April 30, 2006
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has chosen MeasureNet for equipping a number of laboratories that are part of its Freshman Chemistry Program. The 550-acre campus is home to over 19,500 undergraduate students and some 1,338 instructional faculty. In 2004 alone, the university received over $109 million in research awards. The University is a co-manager of the nearby U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory providing students access to unparalleled research and learning opportunities.
Rationale for renovating the introductory laboratory program with new technology and inquiry-based labs was multi-faceted. It included providing a more relevant laboratory experience comparable to that of a contemporary chemist, producing higher quality lab data to enhance the understanding of important scientific concepts, ensuring data is more accessible through faster acquisition, and enhancing lab reports by facilitating improved data analysis. The department believes that improving the introductory lab experience will enhance the way students relate to concepts presented in chemistry lectures. In addition to probes for temperature, pH, voltage, and pressure measurement, MeasureNet Networks provided to the department’s labs will include shared UV-vis spectrometers with 1-nm resolution for emission and absorption experiments and MeasureNet’s multi-function dual-beam colorimeter for chemical kinetics, fluorescence, and turbidity.
“We take great satisfaction being chosen by the University of Tennessee’s Department of Chemistry, commented MeasureNet President Robert Voorhees. “They have a superior reputation and produce an impressive stable of graduates who go on to perform valuable research in the sciences.” The University joins Tennessee State in Nashville and the University of Memphis and as major university programs that employ MeasureNet across the state.
MeasureNet Technology Ltd. manufactures patented, network-based data acquisition interfaces for science teaching laboratories. It is a spin-off of the University of Cincinnati's Department of Chemistry and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Measurenet's award-winning, PC-reducing design helps reduce laboratory maintenance and operational costs while giving students access to high quality shared UV-vis spectroscopy and an array of innovative probeware. It's acclaimed intuitive design provides improved transparency to enable better science-focused, not technology-focused, learning. Winner of the Ohio Governor's Award For Excellence in Energy Efficiency, MeasureNet networks are found in universities, community colleges, high schools, and vocational training centers across the United States and around the world.
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