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LSSU Cannabis Center Of Excellence Sponsored By Agilent

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Collaboration will facilitate education and research in cannabis chemistry and analysis

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University and Agilent Technologies Inc. have formed a strategic relationship to facilitate education and research in cannabis chemistry and analysis. The LSSU Cannabis Center of Excellence (CoE), Sponsored by Agilent is a state-of-the-art facility aimed at establishing a convergence of education and research across the sciences related to the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. 

Dr. Rodney Hanley, LSSU President, commented, “This new strategic partnership is going to focus on the serious intellectual scientific inquiry of cannabis. Our graduates will meet the demand for qualified analytical chemists in both the scientific and cannabis communities.”  

The focus of the new LSSU Cannabis CoE will be training undergraduate students as job-ready chemists, experienced in multi-million dollar instrumentation and modern techniques. Students will be using Agilent’s preeminent scientific instruments in their coursework and in faculty-mentored undergraduate research.  

“I am proud of the hard work our faculty put into not only our new cannabis programs, but also for developing partnerships with industry-leading companies such as Agilent,” stated Dr. Lynn Gillette, LSSU Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs. “This level of dedication squarely positions our graduates for the most sought-after careers in the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry.” 

The LSSU Cannabis CoE houses over $2 million dollars in new Agilent instrumentation that is comprised of: 

  • Agilent 1290 Ultra-High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph with a 6470 Tandem Mass Spectrometer (UHPLC-MS/MS) used for pesticide and mycotoxin analysis

  • Agilent 1290 Ultra-High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph with a Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer (UHPLC-TOF) used for unknown cannabinoid identification

  • Agilent 8890 Gas Chromatograph with 7010B Tandem Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS/MS) used for pesticide analysis

  • Agilent 1260 Liquid Chromatograph Diode Array (LC-DAD) used for potency testing

  • Agilent 8890 Gas Chromatograph with 5977B Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) including a 7697A Headspace Sampler used for terpene profiles 

  • Agilent 8890 Gas Chromatograph with Flame Ionization Detector (GC-FID/ECD) including a 7697A Headspace Sampler used for residual solvent analysis

  • Agilent 7800 Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) used for trace metals analysis

  • Agilent 4200 Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (MP-AES) used for metals / major cation analysis

 

“The LSSU Cannabis Center of Excellence, Sponsored by Agilent was created to provide a platform for our students to be at the forefront of the cannabis analytics industry,” commented Dr. Steve Johnson, Dean of the College of Science and the Environment. “The instrumentation available is rarely paralleled at other undergraduate institutions. The focus of the cannabis program is to provide our graduates with the analytical skills necessary to move successfully into the cannabis industry.” 

In February 2019, LSSU launched the first program in the U.S. focused squarely on cannabis chemistry. LSSU aims to be a premier training center for the next generation of quantitative chemists, that possess the skills necessary to thrive in both the scientific and cannabis communities alike. The LSSU Cannabis CoE, Sponsored by Agilent will be housed in a dedicated 2600 sq. ft. facility within the Crawford Hall of Science. 

The response from industry insiders has been very positive, and has even lead to new opportunities for LSSU students. Storm Shriver, Laboratory Director at Unitech Laboratories stated, “I was very excited to learn about your degree offerings as there is a definite shortage of chemists who have experience with data analysis and operation of the analytical equipment required for the analysis of cannabis. I am running into this now as I begin hiring and scouting for qualified individuals. I am definitely interested in a summer internship program with my laboratory.”  

Julia Bramante, Chair of the Cannabis Chemistry subdivision at the American Chemical Society remarked, “There is a burgeoning demand for highly skilled scientific professionals in the cannabis space, especially in the fields of research and clinical trials, product development and manufacturing, analytical testing, quality control, and regulation.” 

“Agilent is proud to sponsor the LSSU Cannabis Center of Excellence,” said Steven Gagliardi, Agilent’s Senior Director of Laboratory Solutions Sales. “The strong program that LSSU has developed, combined with Agilent’s innovative instrumentation, is sure to cultivate industry-leading analytical chemists in this fast-growing area of cannabis research.” 

Lake Superior State University is one of Michigan’s most affordable public universities with One-Rate at Lake State tuition for all. Surrounded by three Great Lakes, LSSU is an unsurpassed location for research, focusing on real-world experiences. Well known for programs such as fisheries and wildlife management, engineering, nursing, criminal justice, and fire science; Lake State is also leading the way with innovative new programs, including cannabis chemistry and cannabis business. For more information, visit LSSU.edu.



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Problems with Marijuana: An ACO Sponsored Forum – In-depth Video



Join us on Saturday, October 6, 2018 for “Problems with Marijuana: An ACO Sponsored Forum” at Rutgers University Conference Center in New Brunswick, NJ from 3:00PM to 6:00PM.

Doctors and other professionals working in the trenches with drug addiction will tackle the abundance of misinformation about marijuana and marijuana use by young adults. The forum will feature a variety of speakers from different walks of life who will offer their perspective on the subject.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Theodore Petti, is a nationally recognized expert with many years of research experience who has consulted with the New Jersey legislature on the subject. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and President of the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Petti has spoken across the globe on issues related to cannabis in adolescents and emerging adults.

Representatives from two internationally renowned websites promoting marijuana education—Julie Schauer, founder of Parents Opposed to Pot, and Kimberly Hartke representing Moms Strong—will offer their views on marijuana use by young people.

ACO president Peter A. Crist, M.D. will introduce the program, and therapists Dee Apple, Ph.D., Edward Chastka, M.D. and Dale Rosin, D.O. will present cases involving individuals whose lives were disrupted by marijuana.

There will also be a rare opportunity to hear how one drug-free teenager manages a world where marijuana use by her peers in and outside of school is common; and from another young person willing to share details about her recovery from substance abuse. A question-and-answer section allowing the audience to interact with the presenters concludes the program.

Watch our video for insights about marijuana use and what will be happening at the forum from forum co-coordinators and presenters, Dr. Dee Apple and Dr. Edward Chastka.

To view the full forum schedule and presenter biographies, or to register in advance please visit our website at http://www.orgonomy.org.

Admission: $50; $15 for full-time students (under age 30 with valid student ID). Advance registration is highly recommended.

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Problems with Marijuana: An ACO Sponsored Forum – Highlight Video



A longer, in-depth video is now available for viewing. https://youtu.be/10Bl_uxoaao

On Saturday, October 6, 2018 the ACO presented “Problems with Marijuana: An ACO Sponsored Forum” at Rutgers University Conference Center in New Brunswick, NJ.

Doctors and other professionals working in the trenches with drug addiction tackled the abundance of misinformation about marijuana and marijuana use by young adults. The forum featured a variety of speakers from different walks of life who offered their perspective on the subject.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Theodore Petti, is a nationally recognized expert with many years of research experience who has consulted with the New Jersey legislature on the subject. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and President of the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Petti has spoken across the globe on issues related to cannabis in adolescents and emerging adults.

Representatives from two internationally renowned websites promoting marijuana education—Julie Schauer, founder of Parents Opposed to Pot, and Kimberly Hartke representing Moms Strong—offered their views on marijuana use by young people.

ACO president Peter A. Crist, M.D. introduced the program, and therapists Dee Apple, Ph.D., Edward Chastka, M.D. and Dale Rosin, D.O. presented cases involving individuals whose lives were disrupted by marijuana.

There was also a rare opportunity to hear how one drug-free teenager manages a world where marijuana use by her peers in and outside of school is common; and from another young person willing to share details about her recovery from substance abuse. A question-and-answer section allowing the audience to interact with the presenters concluded the program.

Find out more about the ACO at http://www.orgonomy.org

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