NSF awards The College of Idaho $1.3 million for Boone Science Hall renovation
2010. 09. 01.
CALDWELL – The National Science Foundation has awarded The College of Idaho a grant worth $1,320,939 for completion of the first phase of a major renovation of Boone Science Hall on the Caldwell campus. The NSF grant will be used to provide state-of-the-art research capabilities to C of I students and faculty.
“The College of Idaho is known for its strong, undergraduate science education that prepares students for highly-competitive doctorate and medical programs,” College of Idaho President Marv Henberg said. “The NSF grant will help give us a first-rate, research training facility that is worthy of the proud tradition of sciences at the College.”
Henberg noted that Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick's office was instrumental in helping the grant award through the final stages of the approval process.
“This is a critically important project which allows The College of Idaho to expand and meet the growing needs of Idaho students who must compete in a global economy,” Minnick said. “This newly renovated and equipped science building ensures that the College continues its tradition of producing excellent scientists and health care professionals.”
The $1.3 million NSF grant, funded as part of the Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARI-R2) of 2009, completes a $6.5 million “first phase” renovation of the 1968 building that replaces all major systems, updates research laboratories, improves public and classroom spaces, and brings it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A second phase of fundraising is planned to update all teaching laboratories in Boone Hall.
Dr. Sara Heggland, chair of the biology department at C of I, served as the Principal Investigator and lead scientist on the NSF proposal. With the NSF funds, College of Idaho faculty and students will expand both individual and collaborative research on problems that are indigenous to the region. The College has plans to explore human impacts on the ecosystem health of the Intermountain West. The funds also enhance the school's overall research capacity so that more students can be trained in research.
Student-faculty science research is on the rise at The College of Idaho, thanks largely to the school's involvement in the Idaho NIH-INBRE Program. NIH-INBRE (National Institutes of Health IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) is a $16.5 million grant program directed by Dr. Carolyn Bohach and designed to increase Idaho's competitiveness for federal research funding. Boone Science Hall is where C of I conducts its NIH-INBRE research.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.