What is biotechnology? Do you know how long a tapeworm can grow inside a cow, or how to count sunspots through a solar scope? Faculty, staff and students that attended the Natural Sciences division ribbon cutting and open house on November 18 learned the answers to these and many other questions. The Natural Science division celebrated the completion of two new laboratory spaces on Cooper campus, biotechnology and physics, with a reception and scavenger hunt through all the science labs.
The new biotech and physics laboratory spaces were necessary to fulfill grant stipulations from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program which is providing nearly $400,000 of equipment to establish a state of the art biotechnology lab for the new associate of applied science degree. BCTC will now be able to offer DNA techniques, cell culture and immunology courses that provide necessary skills for the bio technician. In order for the biotech lab spaces to occur, the physics department relinquished their old lab space for a more efficient lab design. The open house event was a great success with faculty, staff and students present to celebrate the opening of the new state-of-the-art labs. Andrea Fender completed the lab scavenger hunt and was the lucky winner of a $25 gift card from Target.
The Natural Science faculty designed the event to highlight all the laboratory spaces and to say thank you to everyone at the college that worked to make the labs possible.