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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 27, 2010

(MAHWAH) – The Biology Research Suite at Ramapo College of New Jersey will get a much needed renovation with the receipt of a $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The upgraded Biology Research Suite in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science will enable the college to provide technologically progressive learning opportunities to students.  Undergraduates will have the opportunity to conduct experiments involving protein purification, cloning, microbial gene expression and tissue culture.  They will be prepared to move seamlessly into research environments in industry or graduate schools because they will have a solid background using the technology and methods in place in these settings.

Among the expected benefits of the NSF grant will be the construction of cell culture rooms that allow for greater organization when handling cells, a bacteria prep room that permits expanding experimentation to protein expression in bacteria and a cold room that will improve the efficiency of conducting molecular biology experiments.

The greatest benefit, says Angela Cristini, Ph.D., executive director, Special Programs and a professor of Biology, who was instrumental in applying for the NSF grant, is bringing together research students working under different primary investigators.  “The student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction will lead to greater collaboration and shared knowledge.”

Funds for the extensive renovation of the biology laboratories were awarded to Ramapo College as part of the Obama administration’s economic stimulus program.  Ramapo College is one of only 20 small colleges and universities that received an award from this competitive program.

The renovation is expected to be completed for the start of the fall 2011 semester.

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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