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Megan Montalvo
Staff Writer

After a much anticipated arrival, a new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance machine arrived on campus Tuesday, marking a new milestone for the University of La Verne.

Efforts to establish an NMR facility on campus started in March 2005 when ULV began applying for various grants. The most notable awards include a $500,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation and a $236,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation.

Establishing the NMR facility will allow students and faculty to use the most effective method in determining the structure of molecules. Students majoring in organic chemistry will find the new facility especially effective to their field of study.

Located on the ground floor of Founders Hall, the W. M. Keck Foundation NMR Facility, named in recognition of the foundation’s support, will not only bring research-grade instrumentation to the campus, but will also enhance ULV’s Natural Science Division.

“A new era is open for the science division because it allows us to be competitive with other colleges and also helps further research and education,” said Iraj Parchamazad, professor and chair of the chemistry department at ULV.

Though this is not the first time ULV has utilized an NMR, it is the first time that ULV has established a state of the art NMR facility for students to conduct research on campus.

“It’s really positive to see how we have grown from the time I was a student here in 1993, when all we had to use was a smaller, outdated NMR,” said Yolanda Aquino, biology stockroom coordinator at ULV.

With the addition of the new NMR, professors and administrators expect the facility to help students put into practice what they learn in the classroom.

“It’s one thing to learn about what an NMR does, but to actually see it for yourself definitely helps students retain information,” Aquino said.

The NMR facility is said to be a multi-purpose instrument that will not only attract surrounding schools to conduct research, but also new students and faculty.

“Being able to establish the NMR was a huge victory for us. It is going to help promote a synergy among surrounding schools and act as a great recruiting tool to draw new students and faculty,” said Heather Nishioka, director of foundation relations at ULV.

Seniors majoring in chemistry are already planning to use the NMR for senior projects, and instructors are also looking forward to using the facility to research alternatives to fossil fuels for energy.

“The NMR will allow us to study fuel cell technology, which can help us receive government funding and take ULV to the next plateau,” Parchamazad said.

Installation of the NMR is expected to begin on March 6, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for surrounding schools and foundation program officers to follow.

Megan Montalvo can be reached at mmontalvo2@ulv.edu.

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