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星期二, 4月 26, 2016

Regis enhances science learning with opening of newly renovated science laboratory

Regis enhances science learning with opening of newly renovated science laboratory

WESTON, MA.—April 25, 2016--Regis President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, was joined by Travis McCready, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center  (MLSC) and other federal, state and local officials to mark the opening of the university’s newly renovated 826 square foot science laboratory that will strengthen science learning on campus. The renovated space and scientific equipment is the result of a $355,000 MLSC capital grant awarded to Regis in 2015.

“Massachusetts’ evolving innovation economy and academic institutions continue to attract and educate the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Regis College’s newest life sciences training facility embodies the Commonwealth’s ability to leverage its talent and resources to bring game changing technology to fruition, grow our economy and create jobs.”

“This is an exciting day for Regis, as our newly renovated science laboratory and equipment represent important strategic investments in our future.  We are focused on accelerating STEM learning to help more students fully participate in today’s innovation economy,” said Regis President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN.  “We are very appreciative to Travis McCready and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for their tremendous support.”

“We are pleased to participate in today’s opening of Regis’ state-of-the-art science laboratory,” said Travis McCready, President & CEO of the MLSC.  “The MLSC has been making capital investments to support education and training at academic institutions across the entire Commonwealth in order to meet the workforce needs of our state’s fastest-growing industry, and to enable life science employers to find the talent they need.  Through this effort, Regis will be better positioned to connect students with job opportunities in the Massachusetts life sciences ecosystem.”

Regis also has invested in state-of-the-art scientific equipment to support biology and biochemistry studies, including a Vertical Laminar Flow hood, a minus-86 degree freezer, inverted phase contrast microscope, a glass still for purified water, centrifuges, and a Countess II cell counter – all of which will advance student tissue culture training and research using tissue culture cells,High Pressure Liquid Chromatography system (HPLC), a gas chromatograph, and scales, pH meters, physiology equipment, gel scanner, as well as UV/Vis spectrophotometers.

Regis is expected to leverage an increase in the number of life sciences students and foster new industry partnerships by raising the experience and profile of its science graduates.