Celebration of the sciences to jumpstart Homecoming Weekend 2015
October 27, 2015
A celebration of Earlham College’s investment in the sciences will kick off this year’s Homecoming Weekend festivities.
The College will dedicate the $16.6 million, 42,000-square-foot Center for Science and Technology (CST) at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the south entrance of the complex. Earlham President David Dawson, Professor of Computer Science Charlie Peck ‘84 and Tara Urner ’16 will speak during the dedication before hundreds of alumni and supporters tour the complex.
“The future of science education is much more interactive, collaborative and experientially rich than before,” Peck says. “This building speaks to that future.”
The three-story complex offers the College’s first purpose-built facilities for Physics and Computer Science and is also a new home for Mathematics and the Science Commons. It features state-of-the-art computer, laser and robotics labs, and classrooms of various sizes and configurations that are flexible, adaptable and allow for experimentation.
The CST and Earlham are featured in a new list of the 50 "Most Technogically Advanced Small Colleges" of 2015, a distinction based on institutions offering progressive degree programs, advanced on-campus technology, and internships and partnerships in technology.
“This is a great time to study science at Earlham,” says Urner, who is a Physics and Philosophy double-major. “The best part about this new building is the amount of dedicated space we have to work together on projects and research.”
The Souder Science and Technology Commons serves as a large central student space spread out over three floors. On the first floor, the Scarlett Family Shared Colloquium supports dynamic teaching and learning configurations and community interactions. The Science Commons Help Desk is a place where students and faculty can request help related to information literacy and also checkout technology including iPads, cameras, calculators, Mac laptops, clickers and more.
The Becker Collaboratory is equipped with 11 new computers for drop-in use by anyone in the Earlham community. The Van Zant Reading Room is a quiet space for reading and independent work while the Tinsley Science and Technology Classroom provides a view of The Heart, the center of Earlham’s campus, and is intended as a space where the links between science and other subjects can be explored.
The unique Fishgold Science Commons Computer Lab features five round tables with seating for up to nine. Each table has its own projector.
The CST is the second major investment in the sciences at Earlham since 2013. Stanley Hall, remodeled in 2013 for $17.6 million, is now reconfigured for optimal collaboration between chemistry, biology and biochemistry.
“It’s very exciting to be part of an institution that is investing in the sciences,” Urner says. “We really now have resources to do the things we were good at doing anyway.
"Earlhamites have a lot of passion for the work they do here,” she says. “If you give people the resources they need to do what they do, they will take it and run with it.”
Homecoming is Oct. 30-Nov. 1. For a full list of activities, visit earlham.edu/homecoming.
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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."
Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and firstname.lastname@example.org.