November 16, 2018
Gov. Matt Mead, center, with former Gov. Dave Freudenthal at his left, listen during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new UW Science Initiative facility. (UW Photo)
University of Wyoming and state elected officials broke ground today (Friday) for a new facility that will enable world-class research and education in pillars of Wyoming’s present and future economy.
The Science Initiative facility will contain a 200-seat active-learning classroom, along with state-of-the-art research and laboratory space to support scientific imaging, biological and greenhouse research. The initiative emphasizes collaboration among multiple disciplines by assembling researchers into a single complex with shared instrumentation, technical support and collaboration spaces.
“This is a great day for Wyoming and the university,” said state Senate President Eli Bebout, one of the speakers during the groundbreaking ceremony, who described the project as “something we can all be proud of.”
He and other speakers noted that the Science Initiative and the new facility are products of years of effort by UW faculty members, university leaders and state officials to lift UW scientific research and education.
Gov. Matt Mead, who in 2014 appointed the Wyoming Governor’s Top-Tier Science Programs and Facilities Task Force — which developed the Science Initiative plan along with a team of UW science faculty members — credited the enthusiasm and collaboration of UW faculty members for making the building project happen.
“This will be a world-class place to learn science … a place second to none,” said the governor, who noted the Science Initiative’s efforts to change the way science is taught in the state through active learning and mentoring.
Former Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who co-chaired the Wyoming Governor’s Top-Tier Science Programs and Facilities Task Force, said the Science Initiative and the new facility will open the door to new technologies and businesses that will allow more of Wyoming’s young people to stay in …