URI lands $652K from Champlin Foundations for classroom tech

The Champlin Foundations has awarded the University of Rhode Island four grants totaling $651,774 to fund the purchase of in-classroom technology and research equipment. More

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URI lands $652K from Champlin Foundations for classroom tech

THE UNIVERSITY OF Rhode Island has received $651,774 from The Champlin Foundations to fund the purchase of a coastal erosion monitoring system, lecture-capture and video-conferencing technology, cardiovascular diagnostic equipment and molecular probing instruments.
Posted 12/30/13

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Champlin Foundations has awarded the University of Rhode Island four grants totaling $651,774 to fund the purchase of in-classroom technology and research equipment.

“These projects provide our faculty with state-of-the-art technology and facilities that expand opportunities for our students and position the university as a leading institution dedicated to active and engaged student learning,” said URI Provost Donald D. DeHayes in a release. “We are very grateful to The Champlin Foundations for their continued support and investment in our teaching programs, faculty and students.”

According to the URI Foundation, Champlin has donated more than $13 million to the university since 1986. The $651,774 recently awarded to support four technology and research projects represents the largest single-year award the university has ever received from Champlin, URI said.

Funds in the amount of $150,000 will support the purchase of a coastal erosion monitoring system for the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, the College of Engineering, and the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. About 230 undergraduate and graduate students each year will learn how to use the new equipment to monitor the effects of climate change on Rhode Island coastlines and collect data useful to policymakers.

The URI College of Business Administration received $152,000 to purchase lecture-capture and video-conferencing technology, which will allow instructors to bring global business leaders into the classroom cost effectively, record presentations for broad dissemination and student review, and acquaint students with video technology as a business tool.

With an additional $214,274 grant, the university will establish a Cardiovascular Diagnostic Learning Collaborative for use by students in pharmacy, physical therapy, kinesiology, nursing and other health-focused areas. The collaborative will support hands-on learning using cardiovascular diagnostic technologies, including a holter monitor, ambulatory blood pressure devices, ventriloscopes, ultrasound equipment and associated software.

Finally, URI will use $135,000 to acquire a suite of molecular probing instruments that will expose students to the health applications of molecular science, such as molecular therapeutic development. Using the equipment, students will gain an understanding of molecular synthesis, molecular structure and property determination, and the physiological effects of purified therapeutics.

“We are tremendously grateful that Champlin continues, year after year, to recognize the value of supporting innovation and interdisciplinary learning here at the state’s land-grant research university,” said Mike Smith, president of the URI Foundation. “The long-term commitment they have demonstrated toward URI is remarkable, and we are pleased to consider them a major partner in our efforts to discover, advance and excel.”

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