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725 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19382
The purposes of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Technology Fee are: to acquire, install, and maintain up-to-date and emerging technologies for the purpose of enhancing student-learning outcomes; to provide equitable access to technology resources; and, to ensure that State System graduates are competitive in the technologically sophisticated workplace.
Proposals for new projects can be submitted annually each spring semester. These proposals are reviewed and evaluated. Funded projects are then implemented during the following fall/spring semesters. The proposal process has been automated by using the campus SharePoint system. For more details and the process, please contact:
Teresa Hudson, Coordinator of Technology Fee Projects
Students, faculty, and staff should report all student technology issues to HELPDESK@wcupa.edu or call the IT Help Desk at (610) 436-3350.
A new Agilent 7890A gas chromatograph with a 5975C Series GC/MSD was purchased for the chemistry department. This instrument is regularly used by students in classes such as Organic Chemistry labs, Advanced Analytical Chemistry labs and Forensic and Toxicology Labs. In addition to that, it is used by faculty and students for a variety of research projects.
After the purchase and installation, Agilent Technologies donated additional parts that allowed us to modify the configuration of the instrument so that it had a two inlet/two column system. This allowed greater flexibility for its use in both research and teaching. They also donated an automatic liquid sampler tower and a 100-sample tray which has increased productivity and made it much easier to complete research projects which must be scheduled around class usage.
Since the installation, many successful research projects have been completed by various faculty members. One such project involved the analysis of pesticide residues on apple samples. This project was included in the Agilent Technologies Food Safety Application Booklet.
Simulation has come to the nursing lab at West Chester University in full force! The "invasion" of high-fidelity Human Patient Simulation (HPS) models started with SimMan® (Laerdal) in 2009 and continues with the addition of addition of Noelle® and Newborn Hal® (Gaumard).
Simulation is the latest in technology in nursing education. It is the use of Human Patient Stimulation (HPS) models, in carefully planned "real-life" scenarios where the nursing students can sharpen their hands-on nursing skills, enhance critical thinking skills, and learn communication with other members of the health care team. These "high fidelity" HPS models can talk and move; they have programmed vital signs, blood pressure, and pulse detection points. They can have IV’s inserted, Foley catheters inserted, NG tubes and monitors placed, as well a full-blown CPR codes. This is all done in a realistic, safe environment for the students to learn. Simulation is fast becoming an acclaimed modality for educating health care providers, especially nurses.
Noelle® and Newborn Hal® HPS models, purchased with Tech Fee funds, provide students with a full range of authentic obstetric scenarios, from normal birth and newborn care to critical obstetrical emergencies and neonatal resuscitation. Noelle actually "births" a baby, and while most births are natural, Noelle® can also be delivered via cesarean section. Babies can be delivered either in the normal head first position, or breech. Newborn Hal® has realistic cord pulses; he/she cries, moves, turns colors and even can become limp and blue if the appropriate newborn care is not given. During the simulation process, the students perform as part of the health care team within the scenario, and then a debriefing session is done where the student evaluates performance outcomes, communication processes, and team work. In this way, the nursing student gets to learn essential nursing skills and hands-on care first on the HPM, and gain the confidence to move on to real live patients. In other words, the student can make mistakes on the HPS model before progressing to the bedside, improving the quality of care, patient safety, and confidence as the nursing student moves to the hospital, community or home setting with "live" patients.
Image of the Ring Nebula (Messier 57) taken from the WCU observatory with the ST-8XME Camera provided with Tech Fee funds. The ring is a shell of ionized gas that was expelled from a red giant star and is expanding, leaving a white dwarf at the center. The image is a composite of three 60-second exposures in B, V, and R Johnson filters, and has been low-pass filtered. The image was acquired by Physics majors Nicolas Legall and Trevor Davis, and, and later processed by Brittany Johnstone and Brett Sheriff. The project was supervised by Dr. Thornton of the Department of Physics.
Several academic departments, disciplines and courses across WCU use water quality data on a regular basis to enhance the teaching of students in environmental health, ecology, geology and geography. Students gain valuable insight and understanding of environmental systems through hands-on experience with the operation and maintenance of stations dedicated to the collection of water quality data with equipment purchased through Tech Fee.
Purchased with funds provided from Tech Fee, the installation of the Noldus video tracking system in the Animal Behavior Lab in Peoples building provides students with a tool that automates acquisition of large amounts of data on animal movements and interactions. The system can track a single or multiple test subjects. Because this system is also used professionally, students can gain valuable experience on its implementation while still in school, leading to better opportunities after graduation.
A student introduces a test subject into the observation arena.
Data collection and monitoring is controlled from the Noldus workstation.
The test subject's movement is automatically tracked and displayed by the Noldus software application.
A digital upgrade to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Speech and Hearing Clinic analog video recording system was performed over the summer 2014 with Tech Fee funding. The clinic offers full diagnostic evaluations for children and adults who are suspected of having speech, language, or hearing disorders. Ten therapy booths are equipped to simultaneously video record the department therapy sessions provided by the graduate students and supervised remotely by speech-language pathologists and audiologists (faculty). These recordings are then saved to a secure server for video-on-demand playback.
The new system enhances students’ educational experiences by providing high-definition video via user-controlled pan/tilt/zoom cameras for clearer session viewing as well as Bluetooth headsets for two-way communication between instructors and students for real-time feedback. Other features of the system include real-time session viewing capability on dedicated monitors (located in each faculty office as well as on 3 computers in the control room) and multiple session streaming by viewing output directly from the Mediasite recorders, and cataloging of videos for faster retrieval. Students have the opportunity to view their therapy sessions for self-analysis and data collection and faculty use the recordings for instruction in didactic courses.
For additional information, visit the Speech and Hearing Clinic website.
The functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) equipment, supplied through Technology Fee funding, has supported the setup of a fNIRS training lab for students. This lab, led by Dr. Farzin Irani, provides training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in cutting edge functional neuroimaging technology. The fNIRS device provides information about brain activation at rest and while performing a cognitive task. So far, students participating in PSY 410 and PSY 510 research experience classes have participated in manufacturer led training sessions to get familiar with how to set up the equipment, design a fNIRS study, collect and analyze the data. One of the trainings was video recorded for future training opportunities. A couple of Masters students are currently developing thesis project ideas that will use the fNIRS technology over the next year. We are also planning a grant submission that will include additional student and faculty opportunities using fNIRS technology. Overall, this device will provide exciting new opportunities to learn about the brain and study its functional networks.