Centenary College Rockets Forward With MeasureNet
December 3, 2006
The Chemistry Department of Centenary College of Louisiana has chosen MeasureNet for electronic data acquisition for multiple areas of its laboratory program. Founded in 1825, the Methodist institution is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi and the 46th oldest institution in the nation. Centenary's Chemistry Department is installing two MeasureNet networks that include capabilities for shared UV-vis spectroscopy, gas chromatogram connectivity, and connectivity for legacy Ultraspec 1000 scanning spectrometers.
With only 920 undergraduates, the school boasts an aggressive science curriculum that enrolls some 100 students yearly in General Chemistry. The department's Organic Chemistry typically reaches 50 students. Centenary College ranks as one of the country's top 200 colleges for science according to the Peterson Guide and is ranked in top tier categories for quality and value in Barron's, Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report guides to higher education. The school's overall student/faculty ratio stands at 12:1.
Various Department of Chemistry projects are supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and MeasureNet is explicitly employed to build skills that support NASA objectives in space exploration and analysis of global climate change. Faculty plan to employ MeasureNet in a series of "discovery" style experiments that will cover acid-base titrations, calorimetry, gas chromatography, and spectrophotometry. MeasureNet's UV-vis spectrometer will be used to explore the composition of sunscreens and perform elemental analyses of water.
"Centenary has an impressive reputation and is typical of the innovative, learning-centric programs that populate the MeasureNet user community," says MeasureNet President Robert Voorhees. "We look forward to cooperating with them to support their teaching goals and undergraduate research endeavors."
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, gas chromatograph connectivity, and an array of innovative probeware. Its 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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