The Hackett Foundation of Clinton, N.J., recently donated more than $8,000 to Fordham University’s Vector Ecology Laboratory, allowing researchers to purchase equipment needed for their ongoing ecological study of Lyme disease.
"The Hackett Foundation's support will assist us this summer and beyond as we continue to do research on ticks and other arthropods responsible for the spread of diseases in the tri-state area," said Thomas J. Daniels, Ph.D., associate research scientist and co-director of the Vector Ecology Laboratory at the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y. The center trains biologists for work in environmental science and conservation.
The donation allowed the lab to purchase a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) workstation scientists will use to conduct tests in a pristine work area and prevent specimen contamination. Researchers also purchased a digital camera and software to record research results.
The funding also allowed the lab to purchase supplies necessary for the operation and maintenance of the equipment. According to Richard C. Falco, Ph.D., associate research scientist and co-director of the Vector Ecology Laboratory, the materials are arriving at the perfect time. Field tests are under way near the lab and the busy season of vector surveillance and testing means that the equipment will have an immediate and vital role to play in the process.
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