Sleith Hall Rededication Celebrates Creativity,
Innovation, and a Passion for Discovery!
After more than two years of renovation and expansion the
College of Engineering was ready to show off the $12.8 mil-
lion investments in Sleith Hall with a Rededication Celebra-
tion held on December 9, 2014.
From the Board of Trustees to retired faculty, members of
the University community came out to show their support of
the latest modernization project to elevate the University’s
learning environment. In the past three years, more than
$60 million have been invested in improvements to academic buildings.
The event began with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony in
the newly renamed Lyman and Leslie Wood Auditorium.
Guests were then invited to tour the new labs, studio class-
rooms, and offices.
“Our success would not be possible were it not for the
generosity of the many benefactors to this project,” said
University President Anthony S. Caprio. “In fact, over the
last two years, 403 donors gave $2.6 million in support of
the College of Engineering, its students, and this endeavor.”
Researchers at Western New England University are working on a breathalyzer device that
could one day replace regular blood testing in
diabetics. The new product uses multilayer
nanotechnology to detect acetone in the breath
of diabetics, which has been shown to correlate
with blood-glucose levels.
“Breathalyzers are a growing field of study
because of their potential to have a significant
positive impact on patients’ quality of life and
compliance with diabetes monitoring,” says
Ronny Priefer, a professor of medicinal chem-
istry at the University’s College of Pharmacy,
who developed the device.
Professor Priefer has applied for a patent
on the technology, which uses nanometer-thick
films consisting of two polymers that react with
acetone. “What makes our technology different
is that it only accounts for acetone and doesn’t
react with other components in the breath,”
said Professor Priefer, who presented the
results of his research at the 2013 American
Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
Annual Meeting and Exposition in November.
Breathalyzer Technology Shows Promise in Monitoring of Diabetics