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 SRU's New Advanced Technology, Science Hall Opening with Special Lecture Series 

 

SPOTLIGHT

8/29/2006

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

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SRU’S NEW ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE HALL OPENING WITH FOUR-PART

‘SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE NEW AGE’ LECTURE SERIES

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The opening of Slippery Rock University’s new, three-story, $14.5-million Advanced Technology and Science Hall will be formerly marked with the four-part lecture celebration “Science and Technology in the New Age” running the week of Sept. 11.

     “We thought it would be a great idea to open the building by allowing students, faculty, staff and the community to tour the new facility and participate in a series of technology-related lectures of interest to all segments of the campus and community,” explains Dr. Bruce Russell, dean of the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences. In addition to the campus community, Russell points out the lectures will be of interest to local high school students.  The departments of chemistry, geology, geography and the environment, and the computer science are housed in the new facility.

      The series opens at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 11 with Roland “Bud” Mertz, deputy director for critical infrastructure and community liaison for the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security, addressing the topic “Technology and the War on Terror.”

      Sept. 12 will see Dr. Tamra Schiappa, assistant professor of geography, geology and the environment, addressing the issue of women working in the field of geology with “From Fossils to Faults: Women Investigating the Earth” in her 12:30 p.m. address.

     Sept. 13 will offer a 7:30 p.m. lecture by Shiya Ribowsky, former director of special projects for the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office and forensic consultant to NBC’s “Law and Order,” as well as co-author of the newly released book “Dead Center: Behind the Scenes at the World’s Largest Medical Examiner’s Office” discussing events related to “Forensics in the Public Eye.” Ribowsky’s program will include a book signing in the Snyder Charitable Foundation Lobby following the lecture.

     The week concludes with a 12:30 p.m. Sept. 14 address by Joe Murzyn, executive assistant to the attorney general of Pennsylvania, offering “Technology and Identity Theft.”

     All four lectures will be held in the building’s high-tech, 250-seat main auditorium. Tours will be offered at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 and Sept. 14.

     The new building, built through Pennsylvania capital improvements funding, is a 76,000-square-foot structure. Uniquely located at the southern entrance to campus, the building in effect has two fronts – one facing Kiester Road, the other the campus quad. The building includes some 20 science teaching and research laboratories, a 120-unit computer science laboratory, study lounges and faculty offices. The entire building is equipped for multimedia display as well as wired for the Internet and other “smart classroom” technologies.

     A $250,000 commitment from the Snyder Charitable Foundation based in Kittanning provided for the lobby outside the main, showcase auditorium. The foundation manages the charitable resources of Snyder Associated Companies, which includes Allegheny Mineral Corp., operating in Slippery Rock and nearby Harrisville.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A photo of the building's exterior is available by clicking on PHOTO at the top of this release.

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