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TU receives eighth stimulus award

TOWSON, Md. (January 27, 2010) - Principal investigators Steve Lev, Ellen Hongrogiannis, Joel Snodgrass and Ryan Casey received $257,546 in funding from the National Science Foundation for their grant, “MRI-R2: Acquisition of an Inductively Coupled Plasma – Time of Flight – Mass-Spectrometer (ICP-TOF-MS) for multidisciplinary research and training at Towson University.” This Major Research Instrumentation – Recovery and Reinvestment (MRI–R2) grant is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and represents the eighth stimulus grant received by TU.

Beyond the specific benefits to the principal investigators and programs at TU, which include the Urban Environmental Biogeochemistry Laboratory and the forensics program, the equipment will provide innumerable benefits to TU.

"This new instrument will greatly expand TU’s research and teaching capabilities," says Lev. "The Inductively Coupled Plasma – Time of Flight – Mass-Spectrometer, along with existing equipment in the Urban Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab, will represent a state-of-the-art facility, making TU attractive to students and more competitive for externally funded research grants.

"This new instrument will create many new collaborative research opportunities among faculty and students here and with other universities and organizations in the region,” he adds.

To date, TU has received more than $2.1 million in stimulus funding.

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