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Moravian College Receives Environmental Education Fund Grant

Bethlehem, Pa., April 9, 2009—Moravian College has been awarded the LI-COR Environmental Education Fund (LEEF) Grant for the purchase of the LEEF III Package. Diane Husic, professor and chair of biological sciences, submitted the grant application in collaboration with Sue Schamberger, director of foundation relations.

The LI-6400XT will allow students and faculty members to monitor photosynthesis under different conditions, measure soil microbe respiration, study chlorophyll fluorescence, and much more. View a PDF file of the equipment.

The state-of-the-art equipment features a portable photosynthesis and fluorescence system that can be used in the lab and the field by Moravian students and faculty members. The grant also includes all of the supporting equipment and software for the system, a 5-year service package, a 5-year training program, $500 of consumables, and a $500 travel award for presentation of qualifying undergraduate research. Total value of the package is $86,500; the LI-COR grant will cover $40,000 of the cost, and Moravian will cover the remaining $46,500.

Professor Husic estimates that the package could be used in as many as thirteen different courses—not only by biology and environmental science majors, but also by the many non-science majors who take a life science lab. Honors and SOAR projects also will benefit. The equipment will be ordered this spring for use this summer.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu/.