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Cohen family's gift will support new Science Center

November 2, 2012

Saint Francis University recently received a generous gift from Shawn and Lisa Cohen of Duncansville, PA, to support undergraduate research at the university.

The Cohen’s $37,700 donation will be used to purchase the Synergy H1, a reader capable of measuring fluorescence at very low detection limits. In addition to measuring UV-visible absorbance, Synergy H1 also measures luminescence and fluorescent polarization. The machine has a temperature control chamber that will allow for the measurement of samples at physiological temperature, which is important for biological samples.

“Synergy H1 will enhance undergraduate research in the Saint Francis chemistry department as well as improve the capabilities of our teaching labs,” said Dr. Michele Hargittai, assistant professor of chemistry.

Lisa Cohen noted, “We are happy to donate for equipment that will be used for research and teaching. I know it is an instrument well needed by faculty and students. We are pleased to support the research work of science faculty and students at Saint Francis University.”

It is the first instrument purchased for the biochemistry lab for the university’s new 70,000 square foot Science Center. The building will be a flagship facility for science and technology programs on campus, as well as a new home for the School of Sciences. It will house state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and research facilities, advanced chemical instrumentation, and youth outreach areas. In addition, the building is designed for student faculty interaction with places for students and faculty to gather, study, and learn. It is set to open in August 2013.

Please contact Robert Crusciel, vice president for advancement, at 814-472-3021 or rcrusciel@francis.edu for additional information about current University projects.