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Boyer School Adds Ion Chromatography System

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Posted: Thursday Nov 15, 2012

Nov. 15, 2012

Dr. Caryl Fish, left, associate professor of chemistry at Saint Vincent College, guides junior environmental science majors Sam Walters, center, and Rebecca McGrail, right, in the operation of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing’s new ion chromatography system in the instrument laboratory of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. The sophisticated instrument’s acquisition was made possible by a recent grant from the Dominion Foundation’s Higher Education Partnership Program. It will be used to measure ions in solution such as fluoride, chloride, bromide, nitrates, sulfates and other substances important to biological systems. It will also be used for analysis of Marcellus shale components that typically have a high concentration of ions. The instrument will be utilized in ecology and quantitative analysis classes as well as for senior research in biology, chemistry and environmental science. Walters is from Washington, West Virginia and McGrail is from Steubenville, Ohio.

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Photo: Dr. Caryl Fish, Sam Walters, Rebecca McGrail 

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