It can mean, for a college campus, the difference between state-of-the-art equipment and or up-to-date materials for students and faculty. Important to the functioning of our campus are the additional resources that external funding affords us. In years past, this has included all kinds of equipment needed for teaching and research, as well as computer licenses, special programs, and materials. In an era of "short" budgets, these grant awards have significant value to the campus.
State-of-the-Art Genetics Tool
Under a grant written by Biology Department Chair Dr. Ted Lee and Assistant Professor William Brown, SUNY Fredonia received $47,450 towards the purchase of a LI-COR DNA Analysis System. The System, to be used for both teaching and research, will allow Molecular Genetics students to further their understanding of molecular sequencing, microsatellites, and Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) analysis. Sequencing is a process to determine the DNA sequence of genes. Microsatellites are short, repeated sequences found within the genome that can identify the individual from whom a DNA sample was obtained. AFLP analysis allows scientists to study genetic differences among different populations of organisms.