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June 14, 2013

SUCO project gets $200K federal grant

A SUNY Oneonta project to develop new ways of teaching college physiology has received almost $200,000 from the National Science Foundation.

The NSF’s Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM Program awarded a $194,129 grant to the Research Foundation of SUNY, a media release from the State University College at Oneonta said this week. The fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics are referred to as STEM disciplines.

The grant was awarded on behalf of SUNY Oneonta to support of “Revolution In Physiology Education: RIPE for Change.” Under the direction of Keith Schillo, SUNY Oneonta associate professor of biology, the project was one of about 125 selected from 1,050 proposals.

The NSF grant will be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for human and animal physiology experiments to create instructional resources for a problem-based approach to teaching physiology, the release said. A new conceptual framework for teaching physiology will be developed and shared with other colleges and universities.

The “RIPE for Change” project is among efforts to develop a state-of-the-art anatomy and physiology learning environment at SUNY Oneonta. Earlier this year, Schillo received a college Strategic Allocation of Resources grant to purchase a virtual anatomy table.

“The new equipment, together with existing resources, will result in an anatomy and physiology laboratory that is comparable to those of graduate and professional schools,” said Schillo. “Graduates of our program have been having great success in gaining admittance into prestigious programs in the health sciences.”

For example, this year, three SUNY Oneonta students were accepted into the physician assistant program at Albany Medical College, three students were accepted to the physical therapy program at Upstate Medical University, and one student was accepted to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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