The Dana Science Center is
home to most of the science departments, along with their laboratories
and classrooms. Its occupants include:
The building houses a wide
array of specialized resources for the sciences, including a
full machine shop, greenhouse, aviary, and electron microscope.
Disabled parking is available
in the Palamountain lot along the north side of the building.
The building is fully wheelchair-accessible.
The building is in two parts.
The original Dana Science Center stretches along an east-west
axis and houses most of the faculty offices and laboratory classrooms.
In 1997, an extension was added along a north-south axis, between
the original building and Harder Hall. The new wing includes the
Dana atrium, department offices, and additional classroom and
The building is named
for Charles Dana, a noted philanthropist whose foundation provided
key support for its construction. Dana was a successful businessman,
lawyer, and early political supporter of Theodore Roosevelt, and
he frequently emulated Roosevelt's combination of civic leadership
and the rigorous enjoyment of country living. Dana believed strongly
in the value of small colleges, and said, "I think students
in the small college understand life more. Life at a small college
broadens them, and they study harder."
Creative Thought Matters.