National Aeronautics and Space Administration Chief Scientist Kathie Olsen confessed that she hated science in high school, "but outstanding college faculty members opened my eyes to the sense of wonder in science."
She predicted the same thing could happen for Samford students not already interested in the sciences.
"With your excellent faculty and grand new facility, you have the potential to capture the imagination of a diverse student body and turn them on to science," she said.
Dr. Olsen delivered the dedication address Oct. 26 for Samford's new $27 million Sciencenter, which opened this fall. The structure is the new home of the biology, chemistry and physics departments.
"This is absolutely wonderful," exclaimed Richard Crews '74 of Greenville, S.C., as he and his family finished their tour. "This underscores the University's commitment to science in a meaningful way."
Crews and his wife, Anne Tucker Crews '74, were biology majors and chemistry minors who pursued science careers. He holds the Ph.D. in chemistry, and she is a medical technologist.
The 90,000-square-foot Sciencenter features the latest in electronic, audiovisual and wet-lab learning opportunities. It offers more extensive lab space in all three disciplines and space and technical capabilities making possible a more personalized level of instruction.
The building houses biology, chemistry and physics under the same roof for the first time, which "should enhance interaction between the departments and foster more interdisciplinary activity," said Department of Chemistry Chair Morgan Ponder.
"It's a quantum leap from what we had before," added chemistry professor Dave Garza.
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