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www.lycoming.edu

Featuring the latest in technology and scientific instructional tools, the new

building will enable the college to bring all of the science departments – astronomy,

biology, chemistry and physics – under one roof. The physical proximity of the

departments will allow for increased collaborative opportunities among students and

faculty and will support students’ interdisciplinary pursuits, including the college’s

recently added astrophysics major. It will also provide space to support Lycoming’s

new collaborative engineering program, offered in conjunction with Binghamton

University.

The new campus plaza and the green space and rain garden courtyard will lead

the pathway inside for students, faculty and visitors to explore high-tech classrooms,

research and teaching labs, computer labs, faculty offices, and student collaboration

and study areas. The Cleveland Atrium—the open-air, two-story indoor atrium—will

serve as a prime location for students and faculty members to congregate.

At the heart of the Lynn Science Center will be a new Detwiler Planetarium, which

is named after Lycoming’s 11th President, John G. Detwiler. With state-of-the-art

technology, the 35-foot-wide planetarium will allow for much more than standard

demonstration. Digital technology will enable interactive teaching and learning

experiences across scientific disciplines, and is expected to enhance programs in other

disciplines as well, offering, for example, recreated Civil War battles in an Imax-like

experience. The exterior dome of the building will be visible from multiple points

across campus and beyond.

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The college is at a defining

moment in its STEM (science,

technology, engineering

and mathematics) programs

and this new facility makes

tangible our ongoing

commitment to science

education. Increasing our

capacity to educate and

train people in these areas

responds to the national call

for significant growth in a

STEM-educated workforce

that is prepared for the

types of jobs and skills that

are critical to our economy.

This summer,

Jeremy Ramsey taught

chemistry to 20 rising

high school seniors

in the first Lycoming

College Prep

program.

New 3-2

engineering program

with the Watson

School of Engineering

at Binghamton

University.

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