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For Immediate Release
September 14, 2012

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Brockport Celebrates Smith Hall Modernization

Ribbon cutting ceremony commemorates $15 million investment

The College at Brockport, State University of New York, formally unveiled its latest commitment to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines Friday in the form of a $15 million modernization of Smith Hall.

The three-story, 53,000 square-foot building is home to Brockport’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and its Department of Physics. It features state-of-the-art wet laboratories for chemistry teaching, preparation, and research; a Faraday cage for high-tech physics research; technology enhanced general classrooms; and a number of other amenities that make the building more attractive, efficient, and sustainable.

That project bookends $14.8 million in renovations made to Lennon Hall—which houses the biology, earth sciences and environmental sciences programs—that were completed in 2001 (phase one) and 2008 (phase two).

Together, these facilities position Brockport to further push its School of Science and Mathematics into the ranks of the nation’s finest.

“We’ve always had a very talented faculty who are committed to purposefully engaging students both inside and outside of the classroom. That is our strong suit,” says Jose Maliekal, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics. “And now this infusion of new infrastructure and the addition of equipment will allow our students and faculty to engage in even more ambitious activities.”

The new facilities will further enhance faculty and undergraduate research collaboration—which is already a hallmark of the Brockport experience—and bolster the school as a whole.

“Through initiatives such as the renovation of Smith Hall, Brockport will attract the best and brightest students, provide them with top-notch facilities and offer first-rate research opportunities that will pave the way for meaningful careers,” says Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD. “Include our outstanding faculty in the mix, and I believe we have a formula for success that impacts not just our students, but the greater good.”

As part of the renovations, the chemistry department was able to acquire a large amount of equipment, including a gas chromatograpy-mass spectrometer, a circular dichroism instrument, an ultracentrifuge and a new solvent purification system.

The Department of Physics has a new Faraday Cage that surrounds its low temperature laboratory and will enable faculty and students to explore aspects of superconductivity and magnetism from extremely low temperatures to above room temperature with more confidence and consistency.

Its new surface science facilities have been enhanced to include immediate access to the X-ray diffractometer and atomic force and electron microscopes. This allows faculty and students to fabricate and investigate the characteristics of superconductors and other thin films with thicknesses down to the nanometer scale with increased reliability.

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