math, and computer
aficionados proudly showed off their new digs when the
forty-million dollar Math and Science Center was dedicated
in a star-studded October ceremony.
celebrities made appearances, from President William M.
Chace to Professor Ray DuVarney, chair of physics and
washtub player in the departments three-man band,
but the true stars of the show could be viewed through
the research-grade rooftop telescope and twinkled on the
curved ceiling of the centers sixty-seat planetarium.
we come here over lunch just to chill out? asked
one visitor, leaning back in her plush planetarium seat
to watch the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.
Math and Science Center sits between the Boisfeuillet
Jones Center and Sanford S. Atwood Chemistry Center on
Emorys main campus. The center houses the departments
and computer science, and environmental
studies, a configuration designed to encourage collaboration
among the disciplinesand more convenience for students.
classes used to be spread out all over campus, says
College senior Betsy Stovall, a math major studying in
the Mathematics and Science Center library. Now
theyre consolidated, mostly in this building.
into east, west, and north wings, the striking, 138,000-square-foot
facility is backed by a wooded lot and wraps around an
atrium with native landscaping. The architecture echoes
that of Henry Hornbostels
original Beaux Arts aesthetic for Emorys campus,
with red-tiled roof and generous windows to let in natural
light. Atlanta firm Cooper Carry received a 2002 American
Institute of Architects Georgia award of merit for the
said Chace at the dedication, does not have to be
done in smelly, dark, unattractive buildings. Housing
smart people should require a smart building.
the Math and Science Center rises to the challenge of
fully supporting its tenantsit is high-tech, resourceful,
expansive, and full of surprises. The center was built
using the U.S.
Green Building Councils Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) principles, as
was the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building, which
last year became the first LEED-certified facility in
sensors in most rooms reduce air conditioning and lighting
energy use when a room is unoccupied. Seven showers and
rack parking are available for bicycle commuters. Recycling
stations have been placed on each floor. A storm-water
retention vault catches runoff and uses it for irrigation,
and a closed-loop cooling system is expected to save 2.8
million gallons of water per year.
state-of-the-art planetarium and five-foot-long, twenty-four-inch-
diameter Zeiss reflecting telescope and observatory will
allow the physics department to offer degrees in astrophysics
and astronomy for the first time.
Donofrio 02C, a graduate of the department who now
teaches labs, explained that much of an astronomers
work is actually done on computers. To examine the horsehead
nebula in the constellation Orion, for instance, he would
direct the cursor on the computer monitor to the displayed
sky map, click, and the automated guidance system (calibrated
by using the Global Positioning System) would point the
reflecting telescope toward the target. The image would
be captured by digital camera and appear on the computer
allow students hands-on experience, there are ten open-air
stations for small telescopes on the rooftop plaza.
Leaving distant galaxies to colleagues, environmental
studies faculty examine Earths own flora, fauna,
and terra firma, and the interplay of ecological and social
the Petrology Research Laboratory, shelves are filled
with fragments of rocks, minerals, meteorites, and fossils.
With an electron microscope, geologist William B. Size,
associate professor of environmental studies, recently
helped curators identify minerals and stones in the Michael
C. Carlos Museums Ancient Americas collection.
outdoor plaza and rooftop laboratories make use of all
available space for environmental research. Bird feeders
glimpsed outside a window seem decorative, but are actually
part of a study of house finches battling an infectious
eye disease. Theres also a solar-powered meteorological
the centers more traditional classrooms boast high-tech
lecterns with disc and video players, document cameras,
video screens and projectors that hang from the ceiling,
and student desks wired for laptops.
the first time in the history of our department, we have
spaces designed specifically for our teaching and research
needs, with all the necessary supporting technology,
says mathematics and computer science chair Dwight Duffus.
this impressive new home for scientific exploration, says
Senior Associate Dean of Emory College Rosemary M. Magee
82G, imaginations triumph over complexity.