College of San Mateo Adopts MeasureNet for New Chemistry Labs
May 23, 2006
The College of San Mateo has purchased two MeasureNet Networks to equip the newest state-of-the-art chemistry teaching labs in the San Francisco area. The laboratories are housed in the recently constructed Integrated Science Center. The 55,620 square foot complex accommodates the needs of multiple science disciplines, as well as house an observatory and planetarium. The complex was built by the McCarthy Building Companies®, one of the nation's oldest privately-held construction firms.
The current College of San Mateo campus was opened in 1963, but evolved from a beginning of just 35 students at the Baldwin campus in downtown San Mateo in 1922. The San Mateo County Community College District has grown to a complex of three modern campuses serving more than 25,000 day and evening students from throughout San Mateo County.
Chemistry Program faculty member Dr. Michael Clay spearheaded the efforts to obtain MeasureNet. His proposal to update lab instrumentation and curriculum highlighted a number of points that favored MeasureNet's adoption:
- The stations are permanently mounted so there is no checkout and wear and tear on the systems such as when a smaller probe system is dropped during handling.
- The MeasureNet system is much more accurate allowing smaller samples to give better results – typical freezing point depression labs can be run with less than 2 mL of solvent. This greatly cuts down on wastes generated by the labs.
- The lab stations are networked. During the workflow of data collection this means that students may upload their data into the server computer without lining up and connecting small probe calculators to a central computer.
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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