Science spotlight; Sherman Center takes its place at center stage.
There are moments in the life of every institution that immediately make themselves felt as critical turning points. Today's formal opening of the Albert Sherman Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is such a moment.
Today's ceremonies mark a triumph for UMass, its leaders and staff, for every architect, contractor and worker who had a hand in the center's construction, and for the lawmakers, politicians, dreamers and doers who pushed life sciences to the forefront of the state's economic agenda.
The impact of the 11-story, $400 million project on research and training at UMass, as well as the possibilities it presents for social and professional collaboration, may be impossible to gauge. Our best guess is those effects will be immediate, profound, and long-lasting. The ASC brings new physical harmony and unity to the UMass campus, giving the school a true "front door," and complementing existing facilities.
As UMass Chancellor Dr. Michael F. Collins put it during a tour of the facility yesterday, the Albert Sherman Center will serve as a fitting setting for the next Nobel Prize recipient from Worcester.
We share Dr. Collins' optimism.
It is true, of course, that buildings alone do not make breakthroughs in gene therapy, cure diseases, or lead a research team to skip breakfast, lunch and dinner in single-minded pursuit of that eureka moment.
But the thoughtful brilliance evident in the building's design will surely facilitate all that and more. Each floor, each meeting room, and each laboratory space has been carefully designed to engender collaboration. The result will surely be remarkable science, lifesaving advances, and not a few moments of serendipity, helping UMass point the way to the scientific future.
The message from the Albert Sherman Center could not be clearer: Good science, while grounded in funding and facilities, is primarily about bringing together the best and brightest minds to share in the ancient and quintessentially human process of shared discovery toward common goals.
Congratulations are due to the entire University of Massachusetts Medical School community for a truly remarkable accomplishment.
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Jan 30, 2013|
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