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BSC receives $53K grant that expands the college’s teaching and research capabilities

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (News Release) — The Walters Lab, the Applied Science Department at Bluefield State College, and BSC as a whole are very excited to have added another WV Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) funded laboratory on campus. WV-INBRE has awarded $52,890.51 for equipment that will augment the College’s School of Arts and Sciences’ teaching and research capabilities.

According to Dr. James Walters, BSC Assistant Professor of Biology, this funding has underwritten the acquisition of vital equipment including a Stereo-fluorescent microscope for screening zebrafish and data acquisition, an injection station for the creation of transgenic zebrafish lines, and a water purification system for molecular biology for use in the laboratory.

“This lab is an outstanding venue for improving the preparedness and competitiveness of his students to pursue biomedical research careers including graduate studies, medical and veterinary schools, as well as pharmaceutical industry placement,” Dr. Walters commented.

“As a junior investigator, I especially appreciate access to mentoring from prominent investigator Nalini Santanam, who welcomes us to participate in Marshall's Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, and Diabetes Research Cluster,” Walters added. “All of this support makes it possible for BSC to provide access to cutting-edge science for our students. I would like to emphasize that this is my direct mandate from BSC's enthusiastic administration who wish to grow this aspect of our service to students.”

During the 2013-14 academic year, the Walters lab has trained six students, repaired 14 pieces of equipment, acquired one 3D printer, and completed two research projects for students in our research capstone course (including a written paper, and oral and a poster presentations). “Additionally, this summer we will have several highly motivated BSC students (including five underrepresented and first generation college students) who are committed to broadening their knowledge and skills,” he noted. “These seven enterprising students describe themselves as ‘scrappy’ and are ‘BSC proud’ to be active members of WV-INBRE.”

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