This ultra-modern $25 million, 130,000-sq. ft. science center, situated between Evans Hall and Hermann Hall in the heart of the main campus, opened for classes in January 2001. The departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, and physics, astronomy, and geology are located within. The facility has a number of state-of-the-art general and specialized laboratories for aquatics, tissue culture, microscopy/image analysis, and for specialized instrumentation. It is equipped with two controlled-temperature environmental chambers, three greenhouses, a robotics lab, and a darkroom.
Thirty faculty/student team research laboratories provide the facilities needed for sophisticated research and contribute to the work-study and directed-study programs. In addition, the building contains a 200-seat, multimedia auditorium; 19 lecture classrooms, including four electronic classrooms; 18 classroom laboratories, 7 library/reading rooms, and laboratories suitable to studies by groups of students in cooperative efforts. Two outdoor amphitheaters are suitable for lectures, informal meetings, or casual gatherings. Throughout, the building was constructed with emphases on safety, technology, and efficiency.
In the atrium, suspended from the ceiling at a height of 60 feet, is a Foucault pendulum, given in memory of Henry C. Berry, Martha Berry's nephew, by his wife and daughter. The pendulum, named for Jean Bernard Foucault, its inventor, is designed to demonstrate the rotation of the earth and traces its path in sand. While it may seem that the 250-lb. brass ball is moving, it is actually the earth moving beneath the ball that creates this effect.
The building is now home to an exquisite exhibit of photographic art of Mr. Takashi Iwahashi, Japan’s foremost nature photographer. Many of the 77 large-scale panoramic prints from his collection, The Rockies: From Alaska to Mexico, are displayed inside the building. These are among the more than 100,000 photographs that Mr. Iwahashi captured on film during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Mr. Iwahashi studied mountain photography at Nippon University, and he has photographed most of the notable mountains in Japan, North America and Australia, as well as the Himalayas. Previously, “The Rockies” collection toured the United States and was at Fernbank Museum for several years before being brought to Berry in 2006. The exhibit is the first major exhibit of the Berry College Museum of Science and Natural History, which is still in its formative stages. The Museum is being made possible by a generous gift from Berry alumnus, the late Mr. Dewey Large, whose input framed the first planning phase.
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Lamar Westcott Building
Built in 1955 of
stone from a nearby quarry, the interestingly-designed Westcott Building
is situated behind the majestic English Gothic-style Ford buildings. It is very nicely appointed and has student appeal. The building
originally housed the food-processing plant and school laundry. From
1974 to 1980, it also housed offices for agriculture. The processing
plant was closed, and the Animal Science faculty have occupied the
building since 1990. Subsequently, greenhouses and gardens were
developed adjacent to the building.
The horticultural greenhouses provide many valuable services to the
College. Not only do they provide plant materials used in teaching and
research, they also provide ornamentals for our grounds and campus
events. The Rollins Ruminant Research Center provides a state-of-the-art
facility that is well suited to teaching and research. Part of the
Rollins Center has been designed as apartments for student workers who
will be in charge of early morning duties at the facility before classes
begin. The College continues to maintain a sizable herd of registered
Angus and a small commercial herd for academic study--genetics,
physiology, and beef management, preveterinary medicine--as well as
providing opportunities for practical experience with these types of
animals. There is also a small flock of commercial sheep housed at the
Center. The Gunby Center boards Berry-owned and student-owned horses.
Our horses support instruction in hunt-seat and stock-seat equitation,
and the equine breeding program offers students further laboratory
opportunities. Several full-time employees and a number of
students, who work part-time, manage the dairy and beef operations and
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Berry College Land
There is no other college in the world that can equal our land
resources: 27,000 acres. The land is ripe with biological diversity and
provides for our students an outdoor classroom and research laboratory
beyond compare. Rare species of plants and animals have been identified
as well as various ecosystems, soils, and topography. The land was a
major source of pride for our founder, Miss Martha Berry, and she
continued to stress its importance for financial security and
educational purposes until her death in the 1940s. Faculty and outside
guests who wish to conduct activities on the land are encouraged to register their intent.
With this unique outdoor laboratory, Berry will establish itself as a
world-class institution in the area of environmental sciences.