One of the hallmarks of a true liberal arts university is a thriving science program – a description that fits Concordia to a tee. With a new dean beginning his first semester this fall, a trio of new science labs ready for their first full year of use, and a new $20,000 fluorescent microscope now in service, there’s never been a better time to be a science major at Concordia.
Kluth Introduced as new CTAS Dean
Following a nationwide search, Rev. Dr. David Kluth has accepted the position of dean of the Concordia University College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences. Rev. Dr. Kluth has broad administrative and management experience within The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Concordia University system and higher education. In addition to being an active Lutheran pastor, Kluth holds a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in instruction technology/ instructional design from Nova Southeastern University. Most recently, Rev. Dr. Kluth served as vice president of university services at Concordia University Texas and led the largest capital project in LCMS history, relocating the university from downtown Austin.
New Labs Provide Major Benefits to Concordia Science Programs
To meet the current and future needs of students studying science, Concordia University-Portland has constructed three new laboratories at a cost of $800,000. These new labs will greatly enhance the ability of Concordia students and faculty to do pioneering research on campus, expanding the ability for student research in tissue culture, analytical chemistry, and biology.
The cell culture laboratory allows us to offer tissue culture research, an in-demand ability we previously lacked. Here, students are able to raise cells and culture tissue outside the body. Working extensively in tissue culture is a tremendous benefit for students interested in science-related graduate school or medical school.
The biology laboratory and research space gives students lockable, hands-off research space for the first time on campus. This provides students and faculty the ability to perform long-term research with no outside interference or need to move long-term projects. The bulk of the room is classroom space, with a lockable gate between the lecture area and the lab to provide for ongoing research.
The analytical chemistry laboratory is critical for our goal of becoming an American Chemical Society (ACS) accredited chemistry major within five years. In order to obtain this accreditation, the ACS requires an analytical chemistry lab, a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance instrument, and four professors in various chemistry disciplines. We currently have three of the four full-time PhD faculty members representing physical chemistry, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry. Within the next few years, we hope to gain an inorganic chemistry professor. Once we achieve this milestone, we will be able to give our students the more advanced skills required for high-level graduate schools.
A Key Piece of Equipment
The jewel in the crown of Concordia’s new trio of labs is a $20,000 fluorescent microscope that makes it possible to perform high-end biological research – an amazing and uncommon tool in an undergrad setting. Funding for the microscope was made possible from a generous donation from longtime Concordia friend Mary Ausplund Tooze.