Alden Trust Awards $50,000 to JBU Biology Department

Siloam Springs, Ark (September 13, 2001) — The George I. Alden Trust has awarded the John Brown University biology department $50,000 to purchase lab equipment. Dr. Calvin Piston, chairman of the Division of Natural Science, says the science faculty are excited about the possibilities this grant brings.

“Hands-on exercises have a big impact on students' learning,” Piston says. “The faculty anticipate the new equipment will strongly enhance student learning.”

The grant will be used to purchase new equipment for the general biology lab that serves approximately 150 students per semester. Students will use the equipment to conduct experiments to better understand the life processes covered in their biology courses.

Items to be purchased include dissection microscopes, spectrophotometers, water baths, centrifuges and monocular microscopes. While the university’s new science hall will not be completed until fall 2002, the purchases will be used immediately and then moved into the new space.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,600 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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