2010 Nov. Golf & Plant Science Fall Newsletter
In November 2009, the State University of New York (SUNY) - Delhi Department of Golf and Plant Sciences purchased six microscopes as part of a grant to aid in classroom and laboratory demonstrations. The equipment acquisition was made possible through an educational grant from the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA) submitted by Dominic Morales, Applied Sciences and Recreation Division Dean. The grant, totaling $6,800, allowed the department to purchase four teaching/classroom microscopes, one digital stereomicroscope and one digital compound microscope. The equipment will be used in numerous classes, including turfgrass management, plant pathology, botany and entomology.
Dean Morales said, “NYSTA’s generous support over the past twenty years has contributed to SUNY-Delhi’s continued success as a leader in Turf and Golf Course education.” He also added that “this most recent grant award will enable our students enrolled in our Associate and Bachelor degree programs to use advance technology as it relates to pest and plant identification - the first steps in managing complex turf and landscape facilities.”
According to Dr. Ben McGraw, assistant professor in the Golf and Plant Sciences Department, “Many of our classes will be greatly enhanced thanks to NYSTA’s generosity. The ability of the digital microscopes to capture images or videos and display them on a projector screen allows me to effectively communicate to my students. When teaching about small organisms or structures, like insect pests or turfgrass morphology, I can demonstrate it on the screen, allowing students to visualize what I am discussing.”
Already, the microscopes have made laboratory sessions more visual and entertaining. Adam Hicks, second year student in the turfgrass management program, says that the teaching microscopes will greatly benefit the students, “…replacing many teaching scopes that do not have working parts or are now somewhat obsolete. The ability of the microscopes to project on the screen allows everyone to see the same image at the same time.”
Visit the NYSTA web site to learn more about the NYSTA Grant Program.
Tim Williams attends Jacobsen Turf School.
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