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February 05, 2014

Lake Erie College Receives Grant from Lubrizol Foundation

The Lake Erie College School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has received a grant from the Lubrizol Foundation to purchase a piece of equipment - the Waters Breeze2 HPLC system.   Current research in the chemistry department at Lake Erie College is focused on heavy-metal contamination of the local environment; however, existing equipment allows only a limited analysis of those pollutants.  John Tedesco, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry who is the author and principle investigator of the grant affirms that "the Waters Breeze2 HPLC will enable us to teach sophisticated testing an analysis procedures to students in environmental sciences, chemistry, biology and pre-health disciplines....enabling us to involve more students on a wider range of projects."   Having the Waters Breeze2 HPLC will allow Lake Erie's science faculty and students to augment field research with applied environmental research, as well as develop collaborative programs with local high schools to facilitate interest in scientific research and provide laboratory experiences that students might otherwise not receive during their high school experience.

Lake Erie College has enjoyed a long term relationship with the Lubrizol Foundation having been philanthropic partners for many years.  "We are pleased and grateful that this relationship continues with this important grant" says Lake Erie College President, Michael Victor.  

The Lubrizol Foundation has committed one-half of the necessary funds to purchase the Waters Breeze2 HPLC system.  However, that commitment is contingent on Lake Erie College raising the additional funds to complete the purchase of this integral piece of equipment.  The additional funds needed to bring this important piece of equipment to Lake Erie College will require a supplementary philanthropic investment of $32,000.

If you are interested in making a gift to assist with purchase of the Waters Breeze2 HPLC system, you can make a gift online at http://www.lec.edu/giving, or you may contact Pam Palermo, Director of Major Gifts at (440) 375-7225 or ppalermo@lec.edu to speak confidentially about making a gift in support of this important initiative.

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