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Shimadzu instrumentation worth millions fuels transformative year for UT Arlington research



   Shimadzu instrumentation worth millions fuels transformative year for UT
                              Arlington research

PR Newswire

ARLINGTON, Texas, Oct. 10, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University 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.

The 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 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.

"This is 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."

For 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.

The 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.

This fall UT Arlington's former Nanotechnology Research and Education Center
has joined the Shimadzu Institute and is now known as the Nanotechnology
Research Center.

The Institute also will include three other centers – the Center for
Environmental, Forensic and Material Science, the Center for Human Genomics
and the Materials Genome Center.

The 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.

SOURCE The University of Texas at Arlington
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