Modernizing Academic Research Infrastructure
$1 Million Renovation Project
The Marine Science department and the Natural Sciences Collegium are pleased to be one of a select number of schools awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant valued at close to one million dollars. The proposal, MARINE: Modernizing Academic Research Infrastructure at Eckerd, was one of 495 submitted for NSF’s Academic Research Infrastructure—Recovery and Reinvestment Program. NSF funded only 25% of submitted proposals. A main goal of the NSF program is to enhance the Nation's existing research facilities.
The NSF awarded Eckerd $870,720 to renovate research spaces within the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory during the summer of 2011. Combined with contributions from the College the total value of the renovation project will exceed one million dollars. The renovations facilitate next-generation research programs of Eckerd faculty, especially in molecular approaches to marine science, while building on Eckerd's solid record of providing research opportunities for undergraduates.
Renovations are in the following areas: (1) the W. M. Keck Laboratory, housing four distinct research training spaces (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Scientific Imaging & Neurophysiology, Research Computing, and Multi-purpose Student Research); (2) a Seawater Room for short-term marine plant and animal maintenance and long-term experiments; (3) a Sedimentology Laboratory for marine stratigraphy research; (4) a Microbiology and Trace Element Laboratory for marine biogeochemistry and paleoceanography research; and (5) a Core Processing Room with radioisotope detectors for marine geological stratigraphy research. Renovations to GMSL infrastructure supporting these research spaces include a new electrical stand-by power generator to maintain research materials in case of a power outage.