Nick Deardorff (Geoscience Dept), along with colleagues from
the departments of Anthropology (Homsey-Messer), Biology (Morschhauser), Geoscience (Warnock,
Lewis, Hovan), Chemistry (Lake), and History (Moore) and from and Slippery Rock University
(Zieg), have received $425,829 from the National Science Foundation to purchase a Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy capabilities (Award #1827176).
The deans of the IUP College of Graduate Studies and Research and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have also generously offered to assist in
purchasing an Electron Backscatter Diffraction detector and other ancillary equipment to include with
This entire instrument suite will be a multi-disciplinary tool that will
significantly impact the quality of scientific research regionally. With the
ability to image objects at nanometer to millimeter scale, SEM-EDS is the
standard tool for scientific research of microscopic features and will
significantly enhance the abilities of IUP researchers, while providing a high-quality analytical instrument with which to teach our students.