Texas A&M University-Central Texas spent $1.5 million in the spring on its science department. One of the biggest purchases made was on a new scanning electron microscope.

According to a news release from A&M-Central Texas spokeswoman Karen Clos, the $1.5 million purchase was made with a grant funded by Texas A&M University System’s Chancellor’s Research Initiative.

The new microscope was an investment in program development aimed at solar research and — if bragging rights matter — it is reportedly newer than the comparable model in use on the College Station campus.

The microscope was seen as a great investment because it allows students to view extremely small materials in high definition.

“An aphid is very small. About the size of an extremely small seed. So its eyes are even smaller,” said Aida Torabi, a post-doctoral research associate in the A&M-Central Texas Office of Research.

The electron scanning microscope takes that aphid and allows us to see it precisely and in great detail, she said.

A&M-Central Texas will also host an event to display its newest investments in the science, technology, engineering and math programs that have been partnered with Central Texas College.

Lab tours Thursday

A&M-Central Texas and Central Texas College will share the stage during the “Third Thursday Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Warrior Hall Multipurpose Room, featuring projects that reflect their common interest in STEM.

Tours to the laboratory will be available to those who attend.

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