ONEONTA _ The National Science Foundation, through its Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Program, has awarded a grant of $164,753 to the State University College at Oneonta to support the introduction of computational chemistry to the curriculum through a graduated approach.
The project, titled "PREDICT" for "Predicting Results and Evaluating Data using Insights from Computational Techniques," will be coordinated by chemistry and biochemistry faculty members Jacqueline Bennett, as principal investigator, and Kelly Gallagher and Trudy Thomas-Smith as co-principal investigators.
Through the grant, Bennett, Gallagher and Thomas-Smith will share the educational materials they develop through the SUNY Oneonta chemistry and biochemistry department website and through the National Science Digital Library database.
Materials for non-chemistry majors will be shared with local educators through the Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta.
PREDICT is expected to reach more than 750 individual students each academic year, including about 115 pre-service teachers at SUNY Oneonta.
The materials will help non-chemistry majors visualize the microscopic interactions of matter, which will improve their scientific literacy and help them develop other skills, according to a media release.
More information about the PREDICT project is available from Bennett at 436-3431.
The foundation, through its Major Research Instrumentation Program, also awarded $41,340 to SUNY Oneonta to support the acquisition of a total organic carbon analyzer and associated equipment.
The instruments will be used for research at the college's Biological Field Station in Cooperstown.
The grant was awarded to Nicola McEnroe of the SUNY Oneonta biology and Earth sciences departments and Willard Harman, director of the Biological Field Station.
More information is available from Harman at 547-8778.