Jan. 13, 2016 - King’s College was recently awarded a $50,000 grant through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the purchase of equipment, including a light-scattering detector to enable more advanced research and practice by students and faculty in the chemistry department and three simulation manikins for use by students in the Physician Assistant Studies Program. 

The detector is used for the analysis of proteins, promiscuous inhibitors, micelles, quantum dots, lipsomes, metallic nanoparticles and more.  The detector and accompanying software will allow students to measure size, size distributions, weight-average molar mass, sample stability, diffusion interaction parameters, and the temperature of protein melting or aggregation onset.

The manikins are patient simulator that safely allows for the training of clinical skills, cognitive thinking and behavioral communication in an educational setting.  The manikins provide life-like respiratory, cardiac and abdominal sounds. 

The ARC funds were received by King’s through Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the offices of US Congressman Matt Cartwright.

Half of the total cost of the project was financed with federal money.

Pictured at recent check presentation are, from left, Bob Morgan, district director for Congressman Matt Cartwright; Tom Pellegrini, vice president for enterprise development for the Northease Pennsylvania Alliance; Gary Baker, director of the Northeast Regional Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development; Father John Ryan, C.S.C., King’s president; Diana Easton, director of the King’s Physician Assistant Program; and Dr. Julie Belanger, assistant professor of chemistry.