University Building Life Sciences Complex
Ambitious Construction Project Heralds New
Era for Syracuse University Life Sciences
The study of biology and chemistry
- the building blocks of all forms of life - is a cornerstone
of liberal arts education. At Syracuse University, these
disciplines are known collectively as the "Life
Sciences." They are taught by prize-winning faculty
in The College of Arts and Sciences who take interdisciplinary,
rather than departmental, approaches to research and
education. The momentum generated by their innovative
approaches attracts majors and non-majors from every
school and college on campus.
In 2006, Syracuse broke ground for construction of
the Life Sciences Complex. The 210,000-square-foot building
is the University's largest, most ambitious construction
project. It will bring the biology, chemistry, and biochemistry
departments under one roof for the first time in the
The purpose of the Life Sciences Complex is to promote
interdisciplinary research and education. The building
will be used as a vital instructional facility, a major
research center, a training ground for future scientists,
and a place where discoveries are made, particularly
in the areas of cell signaling and environmental systems.
"The Life Sciences Complex signals a new era of
scientific exploration and teaching at Syracuse University.
Through interdisciplinary collaboration, students can
learn, first-hand, the nature of research from faculty
whose discoveries have the potential to change the world,"
says Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President of Syracuse
Set to open in the fall of 2008, the Life Sciences
Complex will be located on the Main Campus, adjacent
to the existing Center for Science and Technology (CST).
The six-story building will be organized into two wings,
forming an "L"-shaped configuration. The research
wing will house biology research laboratories, lab support
offices, conference rooms, and faculty offices. The
teaching wing will be home to biology and chemistry
teaching labs, lecture halls, and research greenhouses.
An atrium, enlivened by a cafe, will connect the Life
Sciences Complex to CST, where chemistry laboratories
are presently located.
"The Life Sciences Complex and the many new faculty
members we have hired are recognized nationally and
internationally as foundations of excellence at Syracuse
University," says College of Arts and Sciences
Dean Cathryn R. Newton. "They are vital components
of our planning for important new scientific initiatives."
For more information about the Biology Department,
please go to: http://biology.syr.edu/facultyresearch/facultyresearch.html
For more information about the Chemistry Department, please
go to: http://www-che.syr.edu/Faculty/byinterest.html