Bowie State University recently unveiled its new state-of-the-art Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing, which the historically black institution hopes serves as a gateway for more black scientists, mathematicians, nurses and engineers.
Opened during a June 9 ribbon-cutting ceremony, the 149,000-square-foot building will feature one of the most comprehensive bioinformatics labs on the East Coast and serve as the first microbiology lab for a historically black college or university this side of the country.
“[The center] will help position Bowie State University as an epicenter of problem solving and breakthroughs in the critical fields of science technologies, engineering and math [and] is a shining example that this university will continue to be a state, national and global leader,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
Kari Debbink, who will be teaching microbiology in the fall, lauded the infrastructure’s in-depth innovation.
“This will be my first year teaching at Bowie State University and one of the main reasons that I chose to teach at this institution was because of their detailed microbiology lab,” Debbink said. “I am really focused on interactive learning and this new building will definitely attract more students in the sciences and provide state of the art training that will make them more competitive for graduate schools.”
In addition to microbiology labs, skilled teachers and elaborate architecture, current and incoming students can also look forward to real-life interactive simulation centers within the nursing department, greenhouses for plant sciences research and high-tech multimedia departments.
“This new center is highly infused with technology for highly talented millennial scientists,” said Alan Anderson, BSU associate professor and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences. “Though I received my post doctorate degree from Harvard some number of years ago and this engineer building is by far one of the best engineering structures that I have seen in my career.
“Everything about this building is unique and promotes school camaraderie all the way down to the open classrooms where other students from different parts of the campus can actually see other fellow classes being taught,” Anderson said. “I am really excited and look forward to all that these students will be able to accomplish.”