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Environmental Sensors To Help McPherson College Natural Sciences Students

posted Mar 01, 2012 in ACADEMICS

A grant for scientific sensors will help give McPherson College students in environmental classes a more immersive and valuable experience.

The McPherson College Natural Sciences Department has received a grant from Pittcon for $8,265 to purchase eight new portable NeuLog environmental sensors. The sensors can be taken into the field to measure elements of water chemistry (such as pH, dissolved oxygen and conductivity), carbon dioxide levels, moisture, light levels and more. The grant will be matched with $5,000 from the college.

The sensors are a critical tool for assessing the health of a particular ecosystem and human effects on those systems.

Dustin Wilgers, assistant professor of natural sciences, says the equipment will become an essential part of labs in general education environmental courses.

“This equipment will have a significant impact on our general education courses,” he said. “I can’t wait to get it in and put it to work next fall.”

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