UT Arlington offers students a new level of experience with the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation this fall with the opening of two new teaching laboratories as part of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.
The newly-opened labs and the Center for Bio-Molecular Imaging, which will open Nov. 15, are part of a $25.2 million investment in research. The Institute gives UT Arlington students and faculty six diverse centers of excellence in which to share instrumentation and innovations across disciplines. The wealth of technology also puts UT Arlington in a unique position to support research and development across the U.S. and attract outside investments.
With the new labs, UT Arlington becomes home to the widest range of instruments from worldwide technology leader Shimadzu
Corp. in the United States.
“Our students will learn through experience with instrumentation not available at universities elsewhere in the world,” said Carolyn Cason, UT Arlington vice president for research. “The Shimadzu Institute is not only a resource for private business, but is also an educational hub that will prepare our next generation of researchers, scientists and innovators.”
UT Arlington established the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies earlier this year with the support of a $7.5 million gift from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Shimadzu’s Maryland-based U.S. subsidiary. Shimadzu Corp. has worldwide sales of $3 billion annually.
Faculty members and research teams are planning projects that will put Shimadzu instrumentation in the hands of a variety of undergraduates - from nursing and biology students studying basic chemistry to future engineers and chemistry majors headed toward careers in drug development, epidemiology or food science. In addition, a $50,000 portion of the Shimadzu gift was designated to establish the Shimadzu Undergraduate Research Excellence or SURE Fund. That fund will be used to support innovative models in undergraduate research.
This fall, undergraduate enrollment in chemistry and biology classes that include lab components totals more than 4,500 students.