“ . . . Creative footprint . . . plunging landscape below the cantilever is really great . . . nice community space . . . nice connection to nature . . .”
The natural science commons is an interaction point for the science community is a crossroads with the broader university welcoming other disciplines into the realm of science.
“With its sweeping windows and open floor plans, the UTL invites collaboration, innovation, and invention. As aesthetically pleasing and energy-efficient as it is, the UTL is much more than a building. It is a promise to reconnect to the passion for exploration and the joys of discovery. It is truly the hub of intellectual life for undergraduates in science. Professors are now able to evolve courses in which students really lead the research, have the freedom to move between the project lab, the computer, lab, and the biophysics lab. Today’s science students need experience with modern tools, especially computational approaches. Students can explore how a gene evolved, how a protein might have existed in a primitive organ, and how it changed over time. The hypotheses produced can be tested experimentally in the lab. By breaking down departmental walls and letting students lead their learning, the UTL shifts the educational focus toward overarching ideas—the kind of ideas that could potentially change the world,” stated by Beverly Wendland, James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences John P. Toscano, Vice Dean for Natural Sciences.
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