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Proposal Title Compound Microscopes to Expand Biology and Wildlife Labs   Contact Name Denise Kind
Proposal Author Denise Kind   Contact Email
Area Department/Specific Use Lab Support   Contact Phone +1 907 474 6298
Amount Reqested 49,392.00   Group/Department Biology and Wildlife
Year Fall 2012   College CNSM
Proposal Summary
Biology and Wildlife labs are in need of additional compound microscopes to support course lab work.  Our current supply does not meet the need, and the purchase of additional microscopes is well outside what can be covered through standard funding sources the department has for lab needs.  Several courses have greater need of microscopes than what we have available.  In particular, the Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 111X/112X) course is seeking to implement more microscope-intensive labs that will better prepare students for subsequent courses and careers in terms of both content knowledge and skills.  These labs require that each student have the use of a microscope for the duration of the lab period, but our current supply of microscopes requires students to work in groups of three to a microscope.  This is insufficient for these labs, and prevents the students from learning the necessary skills and content.  The lack of microscopes also hinders the development of new laboratory exercises that require heavy microscope use.

Principles of Genetics (BIOL 362), Introduction to Plant Biology (BIOL 239), Entomology (BIOL 406) and Invertebrate Zoology (BIOL 305) also use this small supply of microscopes.  Having these courses share the small set of microscopes available limits them as well, and creates situations where certain instructors have to choose to avoid microscope-based labs if another course has already reserved the microscopes for the intended week.  This has a negative impact on the learning experience of students. 

While microscopes are not new technology, they are of critical importance in supporting student learning in Biology and Wildlife labs.  The proposed set of microscopes would support Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Plant Biology  and Genetics needs immediately.  Once the department has transitioned to the new building, the microscopes would continue to serve these two courses, and also support additional courses such as Mammology and Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates that will be there as well.  The purchase of microscopes is well outside the supply budget that comes from student lab fees, but expanding our microscope set is fundamental to enhancing laboratory learning in Biology and Wildlife.  They will enhance student learning every semester for decades to come.

Budget detail: Requested from TAB Provided by Unit Total Cost
Personnel $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Contractual Services (Installation/Training) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Supplies $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
(Hardware & software)
$49,392.00 $0.00 $49,392.00
Shipping Costs $0.00 $1000.00 $1,000.00
TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Justification for any personnel or supplies requested:
Describe who will benefit in terms of numbers of students and classes:
Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 111X/112X) 180 students per semester
Principles of Genetics (BIOL 362) 45 students per semester
Introduction to Plant Biology (BIOL 239) 15 students, Fall Semester
Entomology (BIOL 406) and Invertebrate Zoology (BIOL 305) account for roughly 10-12 students each Spring Semester
How does your proposal fit into UAF strategic goals and objectives?:
This proposal supports high-quality, hands-on education in Biology and Wildlife laboratories.
Outline the implementation schedule and staff responsible for the implementation and oversight:
Denise Kind will be in charge of receiving and maintaining the microscopes.  Microscopes would be able to be placed in the labs within a day or two of their receipt (they must be labeled and inventoried, but this is a quick process), and could be used by students immediately. 
Please specify the building (with room numbers, if appropriate) where the technology will be stored, installed or used:
Microscopes would be stored in Bunnell 406, where they would be available to classes in Bunnell 402, 408 and 409. 
A detailed budget is provided in the attached quote from Olympus.  Routine maintenance and repair of the microscopes would be handled by the Biology and Wildlife Laboratory Coordinator as part of her current position with the department.  There are no expendables associated with the microscopes.  Replacement of any broken parts would come out of the Biology and Wildlife budget, as is currently the case for all microscopes in teaching labs. 

Items Description
# of Units Unit Price Total Price
CX31-046 microscopes 30 1,282.40 38,472.00
100X lenses (required for the magnification needed for labs) 30 345.60 10,368.00
pointers 30 2.40 72.00
dustcovers 30 16.00 480.00
Total     $49,392.00

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