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Millikin University

Millikin is an independent, four-year university located in Decatur, Ill. It is privately funded and has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students in traditional and nontraditional undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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CAE Aria mannequin – School of Nursing
Department of Chemistry: Autosampler for Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscope (ICP)
Inductively coupled plasma – atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP) is routinely used in industry and research for elemental analysis at part per billion (ppb) detection limits. For context, one ppb is roughly equivalent to one drop of water in a 10,000 gallon swimming pool. ICP allows students to analyze most elements in the period table and therefore allows for a variety of analyses. For example, this spring general chemistry students analyzed potassium and iron content in a compound they synthesized, while senior students analyzed Lake Decatur water for toxic elements such as lead and arsenic. (Fortunately, neither toxic element was present above the instrument’s detection limit!) ICP is commonly operated with an autosampler, which is a robot that introduces samples for analysis. The autosampler is important because it will allow students to learn in an environment consistent with their future careers and facilitates efficient sampling in large lab sections. An autosampler would allow for ICP to more easily be implemented in undergraduate research where manual sample introduction is prohibitive due to large numbers of samples. We expect at least 120 STEM students will annually benefit from the acquisition of an ICP autosampler.
Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program Scholarship for Macon County Students
The Long-Vanderburg Program is named in honor of Millikin's first two African-American graduates, Fred Long and Marian Vanderburg. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years as long as the student maintains a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA and actively participates in the program.
Multi-use 6 passenger golf cart
• A replacement 6-passenger golf cart for Millikin’s Campus Safety and used by others units on campus needing to transport VIPs and guests while on campus.
Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre LED lighting equipment – School of Theatre and Dance
Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre ticket scanner – School of Theatre and Dance
Research Study: Effects of Metolachlor on Development
Beyond extensive studies of the effects on frogs from exposure to atrazine, a widely used herbicide to control broadleaf and grassy weeds, by Tyrone Hayes (Hayes 2010, 2011), the amount of published, repeatable research examining other pesticides in a variety of model systems is minimal. This lab research student study, under the direction of MU Associate Professor of Biology Jennifer Schroeder, seeks to advance this research by testing the effects of metolachlor, a pesticide widely used in Illinois, on the early development of tadpoles. Funding is requested to purchase the materials needed to complete the research.
Surveillance Cameras
• In an effort to enhance the safety of Millikin students south of campus near Wood Street and Oakland Avenue, purchasing and maintaining surveillance cameras would help minimize violent crimes in the campus-town area. $10,000 initial cost and $8,000 annually for upkeep and maintenance