Small but mighty: AU donates lab supplies for COVID-19 fight
Athabasca University (AU) by no means has the largest science laboratories, but that’s not stopping the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) from doing its part to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic.
When Canada’s Ministry for Innovation, Science and Industry sent out a call for universities and colleges across the country to donate supplies and personal protective equipment for medical and research facilities, our amazing science laboratory community stepped up to the plate to be a part of the solution.
Ready for delivery
In a matter of days, our laboratory staff in FST have prepared gloves, masks, and other ancillary laboratory supplies ready for delivery to critical sites.
“It is part of our I-CARE values and our commitment of community—to invest in ourselves and others,” said Dr. Douglas MacLeod, Acting Dean of the faculty. “I could not be more proud that we can contribute to easing these extraordinary challenges.”
The R.G. Holmberg Science Laboratory at Athabasca University (AU) is based at the main campus in the town of Athabasca, Alta., and serves researchers and students in various science disciplinary areas.
“It is part of our I-CARE values and our commitment of community—to invest in ourselves and others. I could not be more proud that we can contribute to easing these extraordinary challenges.”– Dr. Douglas MacLeod, Acting Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, Athabasca University
AU science labs
Science courses offered at AU include biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, physical geography, health and nutrition, mathematics and statistics, physics, and astronomy. Some of these disciplines have in-person labs, which are currently postponed due to the pandemic. Others have at-home lab kits that we mail to students, and we continue to do that during the pandemic.
More about AU’s science lab courses and components can be found on the Centre for Science website. FST includes the RAIC Centre for Architecture, the School of Computing and Information Systems, and the Centre for Science.
You can find more information about programs and courses offered through these centres on their respective websites. You can apply and register today!