Monday, January 24, 2011

A BIG Move--New Days in the Ken Olsen Science Center

Since 1980 Gordon's Physics Department has delivered most of its programming in an all-purpose lab in MacDonald Hall, supported by a small optics lab and workshop on the first floor. It was a similar story for math and computer science faculty. Those days are all about to change. Today a walk down the newly opened second floor of the Ken Olsen Science Center reveals brightly colored moving cases lining the walls and busy faculty members filling new offices with books, papers and personal belongings.

"What a joy it is to be moving into such great space," said Jonathan Senning, professor of mathematics and computer science. "We have beautiful offices overlooking Coy Pond (or at least I'll be able to see the pond once I clear the stacks of moving crates in my office), bright open rooms for students in mathematics and computer science to meet and work together, and brand new workstations for research projects. We're also excited to be back in the same building with our biology and chemistry colleagues."

When students returned for the spring semester, those in the physics, math and computer science programs found their facilities moved to the Ken Olsen Science Center, where a greatly improved facility for collaborative research waited for their return.

The new state-of-the-art labs include a spacious physics introduction lab, optics, electronics, advanced, and smaller research labs for group projects. Math students will enjoy personalized environs in the Thomas Phillips Math Library, and computer science students will enjoy their new department lab with impressive equipment improvements from when they left for winter break.

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