Bringing science to the light


So you want to jump inside the middle of a virtual molecule? We’ve got that. It’s immersive learning technology, and it’s just one element of what’s happening in Ebaugh Labs, where everything old is brand spanking new again. And it’s set to open with the start of classes this fall.

On a campus where the new buildings are pretty stellar and the historic beauties are too, Ebaugh was primed for a total do-over. Recent alumni probably remember the old home of chemistry and biochemistry as being kind of cave-like. (We hear its basement was a favorite for cinema students’ horror film productions.)

No more. This week, we got a sneek peek tour of the new digs with Sonya McKay, associate professor of chemistry and project shepherd for this $14.5 million addition and renovation.

“We’re setting a benchmark for other colleges,” McKay said. “Ebaugh is the intersection of architecture and education. Everything is designed to inspire.”

Besides the smart, sustainable construction and its sheer beauty, complete with wide-window views and vistas, the new Ebaugh is built for creativity, collaboration, technology, and research, setting the stage for whole new definitions of “activated complex” and “addition reaction.”

“We’re very excited. This is bringing science to the light,” she said.

To see what we mean, check out the video. And come back for more on TheDEN in October, when the dedication ceremony will give us another chance to celebrate this latest example of science done oh-so right at Denison.

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3:38 PM August 4, 2011

Ken (father of Matt ’08) Orenstein AIA wrote:

The date the building was built and its architect should be named.
The A&E team should be credited. The re-design/upgrade didn’t materialize out of thin air. Good design is the product of the interplay between a good client-Denison faculty/staff and very good design team-Architectural firm and, since it’s a lab building, the MEP-mechanical, electrical,plumbing firm(s). The building size should be provided.


4:24 PM August 4, 2011

UniversityCommunications wrote:

Hi Ken- Thanks for your message and feedback. This short piece is just a prelude to much more extensive coverage in October, when we’ll have much more to say about the architects, the design, the generous donors, and more. But you raise an important point, and we’ve added a link above to an earlier press release that provides the background.


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