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In Support of the Sciences

Whitworth's new William P. and Bonnie V. Robinson Science Hall was dedicated in October, during Homecoming Weekend. The three-story, 63,000-square-foot building will be LEED-Silver certified and features state-of-the-art laboratories and instrumentation, animal-research facilities, and classrooms that can be converted to labs to meet the university's science program and classroom needs for the next 20 years. Since 2001, Whitworth has seen a 50 percent increase in science majors, who now number 600 students – a quarter of the student body. Robinson Science Hall represents a major step forward in securing the continued success of Whitworth's thriving science program.

Taylor Powell, '13, loads protein samples onto an SDS-PAGE gel, which separates proteins by size for later identification, in one of Robinson Science Hall's chemistry research labs. The new equipment in this lab is meeting growing demand from students interested in doing research with faculty.

Sunlight floods Robinson Science Hall from the third-story skylight. Whitworth Assistant Professor of Philosophy Joshua Orozco chats with Bethany Carrillo, '14, in the building's third-floor mezzanine area, which features three mosaic panels created by Whitworth art students in a community arts in practice course. From left to right, the panels are "Nuclear Fusion," "Erlenmeyer Flasks," and "Stem Cell."

Whitworth Assistant Professor of Physics Markus Ong lectures in one of Robinson Science Hall's two tiered classrooms, which feature high-tech teaching stations that allow faculty to perform demonstrations during lectures. A variety of academic disciplines are taught in the tiered classrooms, making Robinson Hall a resource for the entire campus.

Tyler Bland, '12, places a sample into Whitworth's new 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, which allows students and faculty to analyze structures of organic molecules both in the classroom and for research. All students taking chemistry will use the NMR equipment during their time at Whitworth, giving them hands-on experience afforded to few of their peers in undergraduate science studies.

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