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$3.1 Million Gift for Science Labs at Pace

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Pace University announces $3.1 million gift from trustee emeritus Alfred R. Goldstein for new Lower Manhattan science laboratories.

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University announces $3.1 million gift from Alfred R. Goldstein for new Lower Manhattan science labs

New York, NY January 13, 2014

Pace University announced today that trustee emeritus Alfred R. Goldstein made a $3.1 million gift for new science laboratory facilities at Pace’s Lower Manhattan campus. The new labs—which include facilities for inorganic chemistry, crime reconstruction, biology space with a centrifuge and incubator, and more—will help students hone their skills for professional success. To celebrate his historic commitment to higher education, Pace has named the newly renovated laboratory space the Alfred R. Goldstein Laboratories.

“Al Goldstein’s generous gift supports Pace’s cutting-edge science programs and our goal of combining classroom and experiential learning experiences,” said Pace President Stephen J. Friedman. “This gift is just the latest example of Mr. Goldstein’s enormous generosity, which can be felt across an array of programs and initiatives at the University.”

Pace’s undergraduate science programs are constantly evolving with the momentous shift in science research brought about by modern breakthroughs in physical science that have served to level the walls between previously isolated disciplines. The rise of new disciplines—such as genomics, bioinformatics, and systems biology—is a signal of a new age in science.

Ten new, fully equipped, cutting-edge multipurpose laboratories will enable students and faculty members to break through barriers between academic disciplines, uniting the University’s laboratory space in one core center. Construction of the first biology and chemistry labs began in the summer of 2013 and students are using the new space during the spring semester.  

The new facility will include a 765 square foot general biology lab, fully stocked with digital monitors at the laboratory tables; a 2,000 square foot research lab; and a crime reconstruction lab for students to study the fields of forensics and pathology. Additional conference rooms and common areas will allow students and faculty members to discuss results and classwork together, confer on experimental findings, and share knowledge across academic disciplines.

In the fall of 2010, Pace also completed a major renovation of its science laboratories in Dyson Hall on the Westchester Campus.

“The renovations have revolutionized our laboratory classrooms,” said Nancy Krucher, PhD, professor and associate chair of Biology and Health Sciences at Pace in Pleasantville. “All classrooms are now digital with computers, projectors, and even laboratory equipment being completely interactive.

“The implications of this change for teaching are great: professors can display the inside of a cell, microscopic bacteria, and all the other wonders of the biological world on the screen for all students to see, where they can save them as digital images to use in their own experiments. Naturally, this has facilitated wonderful collaboration between students and faculty.”

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional sciences (including pre-medicine and pre-law), as well as many courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. The college offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit www.pace.edu

Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace, (212) 346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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