MSU Hosts Center for Environmental and Life  Sciences Ribbon Cutting

MSU Hosts Center for Environmental and Life Sciences Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Words by Samantha Williams

“We focus on opportunities for discovery, which is the most important part of learning for our students.” – Robert Prezant, Dean of College of Science and Mathematics

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On October 2nd, Montclair State University held a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new Environmental and Life Sciences building.

During the event, tours were given by the Center for Science and Math (CSAM) members and a panel discussion was held titled, The Future of Science. Panelists included Robert Hariri, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics and Mark Kelly, former NASA Astronaut, U.S Navy Captain, and test pilot.

In an interview, Kelly gave his thoughts about the new building and his hopes for the future.

Photo courtesy of Juan Contla

Photo courtesy of Juan Contla

“Seeing this new facility here that’s about the environment and life sciences is going to train the next generation of scientists for New Jersey and for our entire country…I’m hoping that we see astronauts on Mars sometime in my life time,” Kelly said.

“Once I looked out the window, I saw New York and its kind of like inspiration for some people, because seeing New York, some people want to work in the city, some people see their dreams farther in the distance, and maybe it’s more motivation for them to carry on with what they want to do,” said Kristen Ann Uri, a freshman at MSU is studying Biology.

Robert Prezant, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, had high remarks for the new laboratories, partnerships, collaborations, and research programs that this building will provide for the students. Prezant said the building was “107,500 square feet of beautiful learning and research space.”

The building will accommodate students in all science fields including environmental, biology, chemistry, pharmaceutical, medicinal, and many others.