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September 21, 2011

News on Campus

In addition to continued work on Raymond F. LeChase Hall, the future home of the Warner School, the University has been at work this summer on several high-profile projects

Multimillion-dollar nanosystems facility opens

student sets sample on slideOpened in August, the University’s new Integrated Nanosystems Center brings together experts in physics, optics, chemistry, biomedicine, and bioengineering to expand the research and technology commercialization of fuel cells, biosensors, and other high-tech devices important to industry, medicine, national security, and the economy.

“Thanks to the incredible leadership of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, this impressive, state-of-the-art facility will be a source of innovation and commercialization for the Rochester region and New York State,” says President Joel Seligman. “The Nanosystems Center offers unprecedented capabilities in nanoscience research that will build on our historic strengths, encourage the development of new technologies, and facilitate collaborations with industry.”

URnano, housed in Goergen Hall, is part of the Hajim School. It consists of a 1,000 square-foot measurement facility and a 2,000-square-foot, cleanroom fabrication facility. The cleanroom was designed and equipped to ensure it is virtually free of dust, foreign particles, and chemical vapors. Slaughter secured a total of $4.4 million in federal money across three funding cycles to make the project possible.

“I’m particularly excited because I know that this lab will create jobs, not only in the lab itself, but also in new companies catalyzed by the research taking place in the lab,” Slaughter says.

Nanotechnology is important to a wide range of fields, including the development of energy systems and biosensors. Advanced fuel cell and battery designs, which promise greater portability and less frequent recharging, can be applied to mobile communications, GPS systems, computers, and night-vision devices. Biosensors with embedded nanosystem components can be used to detect biological warfare agents, such as anthrax, at very low concentrations.

Work begins on new River Campus residence hall

dorm renderingUniversity leaders broke ground on a new five-story residence hall overlooking the Genesee River on Wilson Boulevard.

The 52,000-square-foot structure will complement Anderson and Wilder Towers and the Sage Arts Center, which are clustered together in Founders Court. The established buildings and new residence hall will encircle a newly landscaped quadrangle. The new building, which has not been named, is expected to open in fall 2012 to about 150 students.

“The College is truly on the move,” says Seligman. “Its student body continues to grow in both quality and size. This new residence hall, the first on the River Campus in more than 40 years, is a symbol of that dynamic growth.

“The new dorm joins the two exciting developments on the opposite bank, Riverview Apartments and the new student residence planned for Brooks Landing in 2013. All three will provide our students with terrific residences in which to live and study,” he says.

A recent survey indicated that more than 80 percent of students want to live on campus during their four years of college, says Ronald Paprocki, senior vice president for administration and finance. “That strong interest by a significant number of students supports our historic commitment to a residential college experience and the academic and social activities it offers students.”

The new residence hall is estimated to cost $17 million. It will open in September 2012.

Danforth gets a new look

DanforthRenovations to campus dining facilities this summer included a new design for Danforth Dining Center and a new campus market.

“Throughout colleges and universities, we’re finding student customers are more savvy about choices available to them,” says Cam Schauf, director of Campus Dining Services and Auxiliary Operations. “They have more experience with foods with international flair—they want authentic food, and they’re smart enough to know the difference.

“And they want to know where their food is coming from,” he adds. “We’ve seen the need to take the mystery out.”

Mystery is the last thing to be found in the new Danforth design. Walls have come down, cooking has moved to open stations around the facility,

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