August 11, 2014: Clarke University has received a $150,400 grant from the Roy
J. Carver Charitable Trust to acquire a nuclear
magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer.
spectrometer is the leading tool in the field of characterization of molecules.
It will be housed in a specially equipped laboratory in Clarke’s Center for
Science Inquiry and should be ready for use in the spring. The Dubuque Bank and
Trust NMR Spectroscopy Laboratory shields the surrounding area from the
magnetic field and provides a vibration free environment in which to operate
“If you've ever had an MRI done on an injured knee, you've
experienced the technology behind chemistry's NMR,” said Karen Glover, Clarke
University assistant professor of chemistry. “The NMR is different
because rather than giving a picture that looks like something identifiable,
like a knee for example, chemists get a printout called a spectrum. The
spectrum consists of lots of lines on an axis. Based on the pattern of
lines and their position, a chemist can decide on what the molecule might look
like. Students learn how to interpret these patterns in organic
chemistry. With the new instrument we are planning on running some
experiments that students in the first year of studies can do.”
spectrometer will be used to enhance the university’s chemistry curricula to better
meet the need for a job-ready and nationally competitive STEM workforce. This
instrument is central to hands-on, experiential learning and is widely used in
multiple science disciplines. Faculty will integrate laboratory activities in
chemistry courses from freshman to senior year helping the university to better
prepare students, especially those in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, food
science and pre-professional health sciences.
project will impact at least 11 chemistry courses, as well as a growing
undergraduate research program, and a summer camp for high school students
interested science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.
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Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences
university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their
workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40
undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree
program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters
of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi
River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in