of Texas at 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.
Students at UT Arlington now have access to cutting edge Shimadzu instrumentation.
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.
the new labs, UT Arlington becomes home to the widest range of instruments from
worldwide technology leader Shimadzu Corp. in
the United States.
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.”
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.
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.
fall, undergraduate enrollment in chemistry and biology classes that include
lab components totals more than 4,500.
state-of-the-art education for our students,” said Jorge Rodrigues, an
assistant professor of biology whose work on bacterial diversity was recently
published by the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Science. “They’ll certainly have a competitive edge
when interviewing for jobs or graduate school.”
example, the biology-teaching lab will allow undergraduates to work on a
MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry system that uses a software database for on-site
identification of thousands of microorganisms. Such research is important in
food safety, disease detection and pollution control.
Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry was the first component of the
Institute to open in Spring 2012. This summer, research conducted at the center
on potential contamination at private water wells near natural gas drilling
sites made national and international headlines.
fall UT Arlington’s former Nanotechnology Research and Education Center has
joined the Shimadzu Institute and is now known as the Nanotechnology Research
Institute also will include three other centers – the Center for Environmental,
Forensic and Material Science, the Center for Human Genomics and the Materials
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
more than 33,000 students and 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas
and the second largest member of The University of Texas System. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more about UT Arlington.