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June 9, 2005

UPB gets technology grant

Pitt-Bradford was one of 31 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a 2005 HP Technology for Teaching grant.

The $73,500 award is designed to improve learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology.

Each of the recipients of the HP Technology for Teaching grants, which were allocated through a competitive grant process, will use HP wireless technology to enhance learning in mathematics and physics with possible uses in other disciplines as well.

At Pitt-Bradford, the HP award includes a mobile wireless lab that will introduce scientific visualization and electronic data acquisition to students in the math and physics programs.

The award will be matched by the Zippo/Case Technology Challenge, enabling Bradford instructors to enhance the mobile lab further.

According to Richard Melka, professor of mathematics and principal investigator of the grant, students in the program will be better prepared for math and science careers because they will have been introduced to the research tools and the inscriptional systems being used in the scientific community.

Introducing scientific visualization and electronic data acquisition into the math and science programs will allow students who have difficulty understanding concepts to actually see them, and therefore comprehend them better, Melka said.

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