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Shepherd professor awarded grant

ISSUED: 21 December 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd professor awarded grant)

Shepherdstown, WV--Dr. Jeff Groff, assistant professor of physics at Shepherd University, has been awarded a West Virginia EPSCoR Innovation Grant. The $72,000 grant will be used for expanding the current physics curriculum as well as developing new hands-on laboratory exercises and demonstrations in biophysics. The grant will also provide new student research opportunities, and expand current physics outreach efforts in the public schools and the broader community.

"This award is important for Shepherd University because cutting-edge science is increasingly happening at the interface of traditionally compartmentalized scientific disciplines," said Dr. Groff. "Adding biophysics content to the physics program at Shepherd will expose students to emerging graduate and career opportunities at the interface of the physical and biological sciences."

This is the third West Virginia EPSCoR Innovation Grant to be awarded to a Shepherd University faculty member; all three being in the Institute for Environmental Studies. The first Innovation Grant was awarded to Dr. Jason Best in 2004 and funded the Shepherd University Observatory. In 2005, Dr. Ed Snyder and Dr. Clarissa Mathews received an Innovation Grant to establish the Shepherd University Renewable Energy Demonstration Zone.


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