CONTACT: STEVE MARAVETZ
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: There will be a presentation ceremony at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin. Media are invited
to attend. If you would like to speak with Paul Rogers, you may call him at
(319) 335-7883 (W); (319) 645-2220 (H).
UI medical researcher's contest win will benefit high school science classes
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Little did Paul Rogers know that when he entered a contest
sponsored by a Rochester, N.Y., manufacturer of scientific instruments, five
Iowa high schools would come out the winners.
Rogers, a senior research assistant in the department of biochemistry in
the University of Iowa College of Medicine, sent his entry to Spectronic Instruments,
Inc., which was trying to locate the oldest working models of their equipment
that are still being used. While Rogers' entry wasn't the oldest, his name
was selected by the company in a national grand prize drawing. The prize:
$8,000 worth of scientific instruments.
"When I heard that I had won, I started to think about what to do with
the prize. We didn't need any more lab equipment, so I thought there might
be a way I could use the prize to help some high schools encourage science
education," says Rogers, who serves on the school board of the Clear
Creek Amana schools.
After discussing the proposal with other members of the biochemistry department,
Rogers decided to donate an instrument called a spectrophotometer to Clear
Creek Amana High School in Tiffin, Mid-Prairie High School in Wellman, Greenfield
High School, Tipton High School, and Iowa Valley High School in Marengo. Rogers
graduated from Greenfield High School. The others are in the same conference
in eastern Iowa and approximately the same size as Clear Creek Amana.
According to Clear Creek Amana Principal Tom McDonald, the donation of the
instruments will give students a unique educational experience.
"This will give our students an educational opportunity normally reserved
for college students," he says. "We appreciate Paul's generosity
and concern for science education."
Spectrophotometers are scientific instruments used in colleges for teaching
and research, and in industry. They use different wavelengths of light to
measure the concentration of chemicals in solutions.
"These instruments can be used in chemistry and environmental science
classes," Rogers says. "I hope they will help students get excited
According to Dr. Lesley DeLong, product manager for Spectronic Instruments,
it is important for students to get hands-on experience with scientific instruments
"These are tools that are used in college courses and, later on, in
real life," DeLong says. "Spectrophotometers are commonly used in
quality control in the chemical industry, in food processing, in water analysis,
in water processing and as a basic instrument in biomedical research."
Rogers will present the instruments to the principals and science teachers
from the high schools at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Clear Creek Amana High
School in Tiffin. Following the presentation, DeLong will give a demonstration
of the instruments to the science teachers from the five high schools.
The company will also provide the schools with educational support materials
to help them integrate the use of the instruments into their science curriculums.