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Large grant enhances IW biology program

Aug 23, 2017
Photo by: Brooks Taylor Iowa Wesleyan University has received a $60,000 grant, to be dispursed over three years, from the Harry and Virginia Murray Foundation. The grant will be used for equipment and materials in the university’s science department.

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Iowa Wesleyan biology, and science students, for that matter, have some new “tools” at their disposal.

Thanks to a $60,000 three-year grant ($20,000 per year) from the Harry and Virgina Murray Foundation, three research lab microscopes and other lab equipment and supplies were purchased to enhance lab opportunities for IW students.

The three new microscopes join three similar microscopes puchased last year with another grant, Jim Pedrick, IW major gifts officer, said.

Not only are the instruments state-of-the-art, but they also have Internet and email capability as well as storage for other software programs.

“The graduate-level research microscopes have revolutionized the program,” exclaimed Dolores Poulter (DP) Wilson, professor emeritus and longtime mentor of the science community, whose career has spanned over a half century at IW. “The microscopes will be used in all (science) classes.”

Iowa Wesleyan has redesigned its biology major. Building on a common core of 36 semester hours in biology courses, a student can sepcialize in nine concentrations: biological studies, medical sciences, physical therapy, occupational therapy, veterinary medicine, chemistry, medical technology, environmental health, natural resource conservation and law enforcement.

The investment of the microscopes ensures the next generation of science-driven IW students will be well prepared for their careers.

The Murrays lived in Burlington and were lovers of conservation and the outdoors. Harry Murray served on the IW Board of Trustees from 1960-68, during which time the Adam Trieschman Hall of Science was dedicated.

“We are honored by the gift from the Murray Foundation,” Wilson stated. “Our students will be able to study the many facets of science as they work toward their career goals.”

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