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Technology Fee Project Proposals

Proposal Approval Progress
Date Action Submitted By Comments
2012-01-25 12:25:31 Approved by Approver 1 sgraves@fau.edu This equipment will be beneficial to the ESHP students, graduate and undergraduate, because it will create more classroom educational opportunities and research for all of our students.  We did start the 'biochem' area with a small donation, plus some additional funding through the College of Education.  We want to continue this expansion.
2012-01-26 13:45:11 Approved by Approver 2 bristor@fau.edu

This would provide much-needed support for students in the Dept. of Exercise Science and Health Promotion by enhancing expansion and the potential for future external funding.  Thank you for your consideration.

2012-04-26 16:00:11 Marked proposal as awarded wlinares@fau.edu

Awarded Spring 2012 after reducing original $62,600 one time cost to $17,100 since techfee only covers technology items and not lab equipment.

This proposal has been approved by all approvers for submission to the Technology Fee Oversight Committee and will now be forwarded to the committee.


1. Date Submitted: 01/19/12 09:57
2. Project Name: Technological Advancements for Exercise Science Laboratory
3. Project Contact Information:
Name:
Dr. Michael Whitehurst
Email:
whitehur@fau.edu
Department:
Exercise Science & Health Promotion
Telephone Number:
561-297-2317
4. Project Narrative: (Must be tied into what educational benefits will be received by the students, faculty; what goals are going to be achieved etc.)
 

Upon moving from the Davie Campus to Boca 2.5 years ago, the Department of Exercise Science & Health Promotion (ESHP) increased enrollment by 45% with nearly 800 undergraduates (7th largest UG program at FAU) and 80 master?s candidates.  The FTE growth by ESHP within the College of Education ranks number one among all seven departments.   In fact, our laboratory based courses (i.e. Exercise Physiology, Neurophysiology of Human Movement, Exercise Testing & Prescription, Kinesiology, Biomechanics) have literally doubled in size since 2009.  While our growth is a testament to the quality of the program and the fact that ESHP is an excellent preparatory program for post graduate studies in physical therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic and Ph.D. programs in exercise science, we are in danger of losing our momentum due to a lack of technology.

 

Although our department enjoys incredible growth and increasing visibility, we need new equipment in order to stay abreast and/or ahead of our sister institutions as well as private universities (e.g. Barry, Nova) in our service area.  To be more specific, both undergraduate and graduate students in the exercise science program should expect to study and acquire skill regarding the effects of exercise induced stress on physiological systems such as cardiorespiratory, neurophysiological, hormonal, and immune responses.  Our laboratories currently have older equipment including electrocardiography, metabolic systems (oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production), body composition (underwater weighing, BOD POD) and more recently the addition of a small biochemistry area within our metabolic lab.  Again, if we are to continue to grow and provide cutting edge laboratory demonstrations and research opportunities for our students and faculty, we need newer technology.

 

We are seeking funding for what I would describe as ?core? exercise science laboratory equipment for any institution of higher learning that aspires to excellence.  Adding this technology will allow our students to gain valuable experience learning about and how to measure physiological systems responses and adaptation to exercise.  Moreover, our students and faculty will be able to pursue the latest and most important research themes in exercise science (e.g. relationship between physical fitness and cognitive function in children and elderly, muscle damage and immune function, inflammation and obesity). An understanding of how the body responds  to both acute and chronic exercise will provide the knowledge necessary for developing effective interventions (e.g., weight loss and exercise training) for the prevention and treatment of related disorders/diseases such as sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass in aging), obesity, and cardiovascular disease. 

5. How is this project aligned with the Strategic Plan? Please site specific goals and strategies.
 

Align with Strategic Plan

 

Goal 1: Providing increased access to higher education

If this technology grant is funded we will be able to attract and retain better undergraduate and graduate students.  That is, students who are considering the ESHP major, will come to recognize that we not only provide a great classroom experience; they will be able to actually see and take part in high level laboratory/research experiences at the applied and molecular level. 

 

Goal 3: Building world-class academic programs and research

The most relevant discussion of physiological systems responses and adaptation to exercise occurs at the cellular and molecular/genetic level.  Similarly, as exercise scientists at FAU, we must contribute to the exercise science literature by engaging in high level research.   Accordingly, applying current technology in our laboratory demonstrations and in carefully planned empirical investigations (see themes above), we will be expanding and updating what is an already formidable academic environment in ESHP at FAU.  As such, our students and faculty would be the direct beneficiaries of this technology, placing them near the top of university based programs in ESHP.

6. Please complete the project cost spreadsheet below. Also, please describe briefly the elements that will be included as noted below:
  a) Any hardware requirements (which should comply with standards established by the IRM Standards)
 

Costs:  Hardware ?

1 ? Biochemistry Equipment (total cost: $33,500)

 

(a)    Biological Safety Cabinet ? Cost: $ 7,500

(b)   Chemical Fume Hood ? Cost: $7,500

(c)    Laboratory Ice machine ? Cost: 4,000

(d)   Benchtop Refrigerated Centrifuge ? Cost $9,500

(e)   Laboratory Water System ? Cost $5,000  

 

Both a biological safety cabinet and chemical fume hood are essential laboratory equipment to provide a safe working environment for students and faculty during the preparation of chemicals, blood, cells, and muscle tissues in both teaching laboratories and student/faculty biochemistry research as well as to meet lab biosafety Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at FAU.  In addition, the laboratory ice machine will allow students and faculty to follow immediate injury treatment procedures - R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) - in the event of an exercise-related incident.  Finally, the benchtop refrigerated centrifuge and laboratory water system are also essential equipment for the sample and reagent preparation for our teaching laboratories and student/faculty research. 

 

2. Neurophysiology Equipment (total cost: $17,100)

 

(a) Laboratory Microscope (Cost: $13,500)

(b) Projector (Cost:  $1,700)

(c) Camera (Cost: $700)

(d) Laptop ($1,200)

 

A laboratory microscope is an integral part of any good teaching/research laboratory.  Connecting the microscope to a camera and projector system allows us to provide laboratory demonstrations (e.g. gross structure of neuron and electrical properties).  Moreover, capturing images and projecting them to the class alleviates the need for individual microscopes and preparations.  Finally, a laboratory microscope will be used as a research tool when examining cell and tissue cultures.

 

 

3.  Measurement of Human Performance 

 

(a) Computerized bicycle ergometer ($12,000)

Given that exercise scientists frequently use stationary bikes as a preferred mode for testing, the computerized  bike simply gives us current technology. This bike will be used in conjunction with equipment we already, greatly advancing our laboratory demonstrations and research capability in the area of measuring human performance.

  b) Any software requirements (which should comply with standards established by the IRM Standards)
  None.
  c) Any personnel costs - OPS and other time-limited appointments.
  None. All personnel currently in place.
  d) Other:
 
7. Provide the proposed timeline fro the project and project end dates:
  If funded, this technology will be included in laboratory demonstrations and research immediately.  We expect that an infusion of this type of technology will underwrite our academic programs/research agendas for the next five years.
8. What is the plan for sustainability of the project beyond the initial project period (if applicable):
  Sustaining this technology will fall on the department of Exercise Science &  Health Promotion.  This technology generally requires maintenance agreements and/or replacement costs. These costs will be factored into our annual budget along with other existing equipment/technology.
9. Provide any resource matching which might be provided by organizations with appropriate commitment authority documentation:
  There are no matching funds at this time.  However, with this technology we will be far more competitive in terms of securing outside funding.
10. Indicate which organization will implement the project (to help determine any additional costs and resource restraints):
  Exercise Science & Health Promotion
Approval for Submitting to the Committee   sgraves@fau.edu bristor@fau.edu
  Sue Graves Valerie Bristor

Technology Fee Resource Spreadsheet

Category
FY 10-11
FY 11-12
FY 12-13
Totals
Hardware
One-Time
$
$
$
$
Recurring
$
$
$
$
Software
One-Time
$
$
$
$
Recurring
$
$
$
$
Personnel
Salary
$
$
$
$
Benefits
$
$
$
$
Other
One-Time
$
$
$
$
Recurring
$
$
$
$
Totals
$
$
$
$


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