For Immediate Release—Friday, Nov. 10, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo to Celebrate Opening of

Integrated Science Center at 2 p.m. Today

GENESEO, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo will celebrate the opening of its Integrated Science Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 10.

John H. Marburger III, science advisor to President George W. Bush and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver the keynote address, "Integrating the Sciences: The Importance of Multidisciplinary Research and Education" at 3 p.m. in 204 Newton Hall. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. in Newton Hall and the Integrated Science Center.

At the 2 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony, Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl will be joined by dignitaries and representatives of the companies that designed and built the state-of-the-art science center. Those on hand will include New York State Senator Dale M. Volker, R-Depew; Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks; Sam Spata, AIA, director of management and operations for HOK International Ltd., the architecture firm that designed the ISC; Thomas Judson, chairman/CEO of The PIKE Company, the Rochester-based company that is serving as the contractor for the project; and Nicholas Rostow, university council and vice chancellor for legal affairs for SUNY.

In addition, guided tours of the building will be offered for faculty, students, the public, guests and the media from noon-2 p.m. today.

The opening of the Integrated Science Center (ISC) will celebrate Geneseo's continuing excellence as the state's most selective public institution and mark a new era in science teaching, learning and research in Western New York. It was built to enable future collaboration among the science departments in teaching and research and will allow Geneseo—which has offered combined majors in biophysics, biochemistry, geochemistry and geophysics for many years—to integrate the sciences.

 "This $53 million project represents a significant state investment in science education and includes $5 million for equipment. Undergraduate research is already a hallmark at Geneseo. With the addition of our new science center, we can now offer the highest quality classes, laboratories and research experiences," said Geneseo Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Katherine Conway-Turner.

"Integrating the sciences within one large complex will facilitate the kind of interdisciplinary research and discovery that is seldom seen at an undergraduate institution. Most importantly, this new facility is a tremendous boost for the production of scientific intellectual capital for the state of New York."

The Integrated Science Center will be completed in two phases. Phase I, which began in the fall of 2003, is the $33 million new ISC, featuring 105,000 square feet and housing 17 instructional lab and 36 faculty research labs. The building opened for classes this August and houses the college's departments of geological sciences and biology. Phase II, which will begin in the fall of 2007, will be a $20 million renovation to Greene Hall, which connects to the ISC. Greene Hall will continue to house the departments of chemistry and physics and astronomy.

The facilities and equipment in the ISC include greenhouses with three research labs and a demonstration lab; an optics lab; a rooftop astronomy observation deck and dome with a new Meade 20-inch Ritchey-Cretien reflecting telescope; a wave tank and flume in the hydrology/geology lab; electron microscopes; X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence units; geophysical equipment; a confocal microscope; a flow cytometer; and four environmental chambers.

The atrium of the ISC includes representation of the sciences with a Foucault pendulum (physics), a two-story, three-dimensional periodic table of the elements (chemistry); an inlaid geological timeline (geological sciences); and a glass-etched salamander life cycle (biology).

The New York State Legislature provided the funding for the ISC and has committed funding for the renovation of Greene Hall. Volker was instrumental in the Legislature's decision to appropriate the funding. State Senator Daniel J. Burling, R-Warsaw, also provided support of the projects.

U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, has secured funding for the college throughout the past several years, including $150,000 for a cluster computing lab, $250,000 toward the purchase of a linear accelerator and $300,000 toward the purchase of a Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer that will be used for research of organic and biochemical molecules and will allow researchers to determine the structure of these molecules.

Before his appointment to serve in the Executive Office of the President, Marburger served as director of Brookhaven National Laboratory and as president of SUNY Stony Brook from 1980-1994. He went to Long Island from the University of Southern California, where he served as a professor of physics and electrical engineering and chair of physics and dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. In 1994, he returned to the faculty at SUNY Stony Brook, teaching and conducting research in optical science as a university professor. Three years later, he became president of Brookhaven Science Associates, a partnership between the university and Battelle Memorial Institute that competed for and won the contract to operate Brookhaven National Laboratory.

At USC, Marburger contributed to the rapidly growing field of nonlinear optics, developing theory for various laser phenomena, and served as a co-founder of the university's Center for Laser Studies. His teaching activities included "Frontiers of Electronics," a series of educational programs on CBS. His presidency at SUNY Stony Brook coincided with the opening and growth of University Hospital and the development of the biological sciences as a major strength of the university. Marburger received his bachelor's degree in physics from Princeton University in 1962 and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University in 1967.

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