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Cummings “$100k for 100” Technology Purchased

September 30, 2014

 The Health Science Department at Merrimack College has received the Cummings Foundation grant “$100k for 100” in June 2014. The grant provides $100,000 for new technology to be used in their brand new state of the art labs and for future research projects by faculty and students.

The Health Sciences Department received a Cummings Foundation grant “$100k for 100” in June 2014. The grant provides $100,000 for new technology to be used in their brand new state of the art labs and for future research projects by faculty and students.

In August, Health Sciences made a strategic first purchase of 50 wGT3X-BT Monitors. This technology is a sophisticated physical activity monitoring system comprised of accelerometers that can determine activity levels in person or remotely. In other words, it is an advanced pedometer that provides 24 hour physical activity and sleep/wake measurements including raw acceleration, energy expenditure, MET rates, steps taken, physical activity intensity, heart rate R-R intervals, subject position, total sleep time, sleep efficiency, and more. The new devices will be showcased in the Human Performance labs this Fall semester.

The Health Sciences Department has also ordered a Quark CPET metabolic measurement system which is used in the assessment of the physiological responses to exercise. This research grade equipment produces accurate and reliable metabolic measurements and has options for stress testing, nutritional assessments, as well as V02 and VC02 analysis. This new technology will be available in both undergraduate and future graduate programs.

Dr. Kyle McInnis, chair of Health Sciences department, stated, “The Cummings grant represents a tremendous opportunity to provide state-of-the-art laboratory equipment that will enhance student experiential learning and faculty scholarly achievements”.

Mary Noonan, dean of the School of Science and Engineering, said “Health Sciences is a burgeoning field of study at Merrimack because it marries students’ passion for improving people’s lives with cutting-edge education and research. The program blends interactive lectures, laboratory experience, directed research and internships”.

“As the population ages and health-care becomes an ever-larger sector of our economy, society will need more and more professionals with experience in the latest techniques and technologies,” said Noonan.

For more information about the Cummings Foundation and its “$100K for 100” initiative, see http://www.cummingsfoundation.org/

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