Four letters are generating a lot of excitement in the Science Department. Those letters are GC and IR and to chemists they mean Gas Chromatograph and Infra-Red Spectrophotometer. These are the latest acquisitions to the Chemistry program thanks to a $39,000 award from the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation to Chemistry professor Chris Bradley. The instruments will be used by students in courses like Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry and Biochemistry. The GC separates and identifies gaseous compounds within a gas mixture. The IR is used to figure out the architecture of an unknown molecule.

The Knott Foundation, located in Baltimore, is a Catholic family foundation committed to honoring our founders' legacy of generosity to strengthen our community. We are very grateful to the Knott family for their continued generosity to the Mount.